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The Art Colony Association, Inc. is proud to announce Dewey James as the Featured Artist for the 2023 Bayou City Art Festival - Memorial Park. James has worked in many different mediums including batik, watercolor, and hand-tinting black and white photography.



  • About: "My art has spanned my lifetime. I began doing batik and watercolor, then hand-tinting black and white photography. I worked as a restoration artist, restoring medieval castles in southern France and spent my free time traveling across Europe, photographing slices of country life and encapsulating vignettes of the continent’s astounding natural beauty." 

  • Technique: "I compose in Photoshop using photography and graphic images and patterns and transfer the result onto hand-painted birch panels. I craft the panels into a handmade shadowbox frame. My technique found success, not only regionally but around the country. We travel nationwide pulling a camper, selling my work at art fairs or placing them in galleries or installations. My pieces have been displayed in numerous restaurants, billboards, businesses and corporations and I have been featured in several city magazines and newspapers and interviewed on television and social media."

  • Current Inspiration: "My latest iteration allows me to express myself more than ever before – swashes and patterned backgrounds embedded with provocative and editorial imagery. Women bedecked in tall hats in a roomful of curios or a cryptic glance from a mystic jackrabbit in a cloud of multicolored fireflies". 


Cindy Olmes:

Featured Artist Downtown 2022