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About Jim Harter
Originally self-taught as an artist, Jim Harter played a small part in creating concert posters for Austin’s Vulcan Gas Company and Armadillo World Headquarters. Influenced by San Francisco artist Wilfried Satty, he became skilled as a collage artist, becoming a magazine illustrator and publishing two books of his surrealistic works. His knowledge about Victorian imagery took him to Dover and other publishers where he edited many clip-art books. Harter later published two railroad history books illustrated entirely with Victorian engravings. He has painted using an old-master technique since 1984. His paintings were influenced by his earlier collage work, and also owe something to Symbolism, Surrealism, Fantastic Realism, and an exposure to Eastern Philosophy.