We start off our conversation with the man by listing some of his many achievements and career highs—so we won't do it again here. Just know that he's been at this for a while now and he's rocked it all (Google or Bing him, but make a sandwich first).
Dwight and I have been following James Gurney's work since the Dinotopia series and his book covers first started appearing some years ago. Imagine our recent surprise when James sent us an email out of the blue saying how much he enjoyed our podcast. We almost lost our sh*t! It was as if the Great Wall of China or the Colossus of Rhodes had written us a note.
We wrote back, kept the gushing to a minimum and planned to have him on the show soon. Well, soon is today, lucky listeners.
In the discussion, we cover as much as we can with this modern day Renaissance Man: his background, his life now in upstate New York, some of those career highs we mentioned earlier and his newest book, Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist.
We also get into his daily blog and why he started it, his travels around the world and we end things by posing a question—to which James offers the most interesting answer (hey, he's James Gurney, what else would you expect).
Our thanks to him for coming on with us. It was an art nerd's dream come true.
And a big thanks to our friend Paolo Rivera for his help in bringing it all together.
**For this episode, we played a snippet of The Police's song Secret Journey. A great tone-setter for the interview, although Jim's amazing journey has been no secret.
Also, a reminder about the current Dinotopia exhibition going on in Wilmington, Delaware.