Academy of the ArtsJames Knowles is an artist and art educator living in Trussville, Alabama. He has taught Drawing and Painting for over 30 years. His paintings have won awards at several art shows and his work is in private collections across the country. James earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Montevallo. Acrylic paints are his favorite medium. The interplay between representation and abstraction in art has been his favorite subject recently. He explores that realm in his latest paintings, using thinned acrylics and allowing them to swirl and run.