Oregon’s Willamette Valley represents one of the few places where climate, soil, and entrepreneurial spirit combine to produce some of the world’s best Pinot Noir and Riesling. The area’s marginal grape-growing climate creates a thin line between exceptional quality and bitter disappointment. Even so, the region draws together those willing to risk failure in order to produce something great. The artist has attempted to capture the spirit, the tranquility, and the grandeur of the Willamette Valley.
James Frey began taking and developing his own photos at the age of 12. Three years later, he began working full-time as a newspaper photojournalist and by the age of sixteen became the youngest recipient to receive an award from the California newspaper association for his work. He continued to work as a photojournalist in order to pay his way through college. In his late twenties, Frey turned to painting and developed a passion for abstract expressionist works. His paintings of rich, deep hues and vibrant contrast create a powerful sense of color, shape, and energy. In order to create a greater tactile quality, at times he’ll incorporate vineyard cuttings, pinot noir skins and vineyard soil into a piece.
His paintings have been sold to collectors throughout North America. He also has work hanging in Great Britain, France, Sweden, Central America and Brazil.