Born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 10, 1940, Jim Pritchard grew up the son of an Army Colonel. He lived in Fort Knox, Kentucky, Washington D.C., Norfolk, Va. and also in the Netherlands. In 1959, he graduated from St. Albans Prep School. It was here he began oil painting.
In 1963, he graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a BA in economics and French. Later Jim returned to school and in 1965 received his MBA from the University of Kentucky. Jim’s work experience includes jobs at Armour and Company, US Steel, Phelps-Dodge and the Sunbeam Corporation. In the early ‘90s, he moved to Selma where he bought and ran the Oakline Swing Company. This company distributed swings to Wal-Mart, Lowes, Builders Square and others until 1998 when the business closed.
He started painting again in 1985, after being encouraged at a prep school reunion. This renewed interest in painting lasted for six years. In 2000, he began painting again and continues to do so today. His many paintings are mostly still lifes and landscapes. He admires the Impressionist artists, Pierre Bonnard, Vincent Van Gogh, George Roualt and George Bracque.
Jim is married to Barbara, whom he met in college. They have 4 grown children and three grandchildren.
Jim is very active in the art community of Selma, Alabama and has generously donated a collection of paintings to be sold to benefit ArtsRevive. The proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be used to restore the Carneal Garage. This historic building is located on the Alabama River in downtown Selma and will be used as a multi-purpose art center.