James Fiorentino’s wildlife art is nothing short of stunning. From the gentlest swoop of a butterfly’s wings to the majestic stare of a Bald Eagle, James’ attention to detail is unparalleled, and the way in which he captures the essence and presence of animals in the natural world is simply breathtaking. In addition to his artistic talent, James is an active conservationist who devotes a significant amount of his professional time to help organizations which strive to protect endangered species, conserve delicate ecosystems and work to promote responsible stewardship of the environment. In both his artwork and his conservation work, James is truly a local and national treasure.
James Fiorentino has had his artwork juried into exhibitions like America’s Parks, and Art and the Animal, museum tours of which I manage. The jury process for these exhibits is extremely competitive so this is no small achievement. Fiorentino has also produced an alternative body of work — portraits of sports icons and celebrities. The breadth of artwork produced by James Fiorentino reminds me of the breadth of work of America’s richest artist of the Twentieth Century, LeRoy Neiman, whose subject matter ran the gamut of sports icons, celebrities, wildlife, and much, much more. Though their painting styles differ, Fiorentino is adept, like Neiman was, at drawing, which is of course the most fundamental skill required to succeed as a figurative artist. Very few wildlife artists that I know of, can handle the human figure in convincing fashion. Fiorentino has distinguished himself as a wildlife artist with skill and versatility that positions him above the rest in this regard.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation biologists work to ensure rare wildlife species can survive and recover, but an equally important role we have is reconnecting New Jerseyans with the natural world around us. The stunning art created by James Fiorentino is making those connections in a way that inspires the viewer , while offering an unparalled vision of these imperiled wildlife species
Spurred by his involvement in The Raptor Trust where he is now a trustee, Jim as created an amazing body of work celebrating wildlife in his home state of New Jersey. many of the creatures he paints are endangered. Through his work Jim celebrates their uniqueness and their beauty. Hopefully his art will spur us on to give them the help they need to survive