A Quick Introduction!

Hey friends!
For those that are new to my art or for those who haven’t met me yet personally, I wanted to introduce myself for just a second! First of all, I appreciate your support, and the many of you who are collectors, so much! Second of all, I appreciate my wife and kids who are so supportive of my art side hustle in addition to the other things we pour into as a family. It means the world to me!
My name is Jim Weaver. I’ve been drawing all my life, but the last eight years I’ve really been going after it as a viable personal expression of my passion for the outdoors. Also, my wildlife and pet commission art enables me to use my art to bring financial blessing to my family.
I’m 39 years old and have been married to my best friend, Jaime, for 19 years. We have three kids: Lynnae who is 17, and twins Josh and Grace, who are 15. I am in full time ministry as a worship pastor and administrator. (Yes, I am a musician and singer! I play piano and lead our congregation in worship every Sunday and Wednesday as well as special events.) I’ve also recorded two albums - one a fully produced album of contemporary Christian and worship songs, and another of just piano music hymns for quiet times. 
My family and I all serve together in ministry and love to share the love of Jesus Christ with anyone we can. 
My wife is in the healthcare industry as a clinic supervisor and does an amazing job keeping our family thriving with all of our wild schedules.
I find drawing wildlife and pet commissions to be a refreshing, quiet past time since the other part of my life is very full with conversations, leadership,  counseling, and financial management in the ministry. If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed I post updates very late at night - my drawing time is usually after the family goes to bed.
I grew up with a love for the outdoors and wildlife. My dad encouraged my brother and me to hunt and hike and appreciate God’s creation. I am a huge fan of the big game animals I can find near my home in Southern Oregon…especially elk and mule deer. There's just something about them that speaks to me of freedom and majesty in a way many other things don't.
My art is all hand drawn graphite and colored pencil and based on amazing reference photos that I’ve received permission to use. (I sure love all of you wildlife photographers out there who have worked with me! Means so much and I value you immensely!) 
Most of my artwork is available in limited edition print series so it can be a collectible. Originals are usually available for sale. 
I’ve enjoyed working with the Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and other conservation groups that have used some of my art pieces for fundraising. 
I also do pet commissions, though I will be limiting those in the coming year. 
I would so appreciate you checking out my website. If you’re interested in an art piece, don’t hesitate to reach out! I love to connect. 
Blessings, friends! Thanks for letting me introduce myself! 
www.jimweaverpencilart.com

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