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About Jimpsie Ayres

I grew up on a farm in the southern United States. Our playmates were the trees and birds, animals, and whatever we could make ourselves: paper dolls, dioramas for our toy horses, drawings. . . lots of drawings. From an early age I understood art and imagination to be a way to enter into a realm of unlimited possibility. We spent most of our time outside and in the woods, so it has been a natural progression for me to be interested in landscape painting. I love organic plant forms contrasted against the planar shapes of the earth, the ever-changing sky and water. To be outside, a silent onlooker as sunrise becomes morning and afternoon becomes sunset, is when I am happiest. To record my observations and feelings on canvas seems like a secret privilege. The only thing I know for sure, after years of making art, is that beauty is a nonverbal truth, able to move the hearts and minds of people into a world of their own making. I want my work to serve as an entry point into that transcendent landscape.


My hope is to paint sincerely and gratefully, and to engender a response to non-verbal truth that will lift the viewer beyond the confines of his or her everyday existence. At the end of the day, so to speak, the primary circumstance that draws me to work in paint is the versatility and potential of the medium itself and the ever-changing nature of the challenges it presents.


Askew Nixon Ferguson, Architects
Methodist Hospital Hospice Facility
West Clinic Cancer Center
Independent Bank
Renasant Bank
Southeastern Asset Management
Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Duncan Williams


‘Of the Heart’, Episcopal Church in the Visual Arts, 2013
‘Seasons’ juried exhibition, Town of Collierville, 2012
‘Unveil Downtown’ exhibit, Memphis, 2011; third prize winner
River Arts Festival ‘Arts in the Making’ master classes, 2011, 2012, and 2014
13th Annual Online Judeo-Christian International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, 2011
Featured artist on the Episcopal Cafe website, February 2011
Festival Artist, River Arts Festival Memphis, 2010
Juror, River Arts Festival Memphis, 2010, 2011, and 2012
Arkansas Arts Center 52nd Annual Delta Exhibition, 2010
St. Elisabeth’s Art Exhibit, 2009
Women’s Foundation of Memphis, Tribute Artist, 2008
Featured in At Home in Memphis magazine, June 2002
Art Center’s ‘Artist of the Month’, April 2001
Board of Directors, Delta Arts Council, 2014-2018