About

Jim Doran, artist

I’m a multidisciplinary artist from Baltimore, Maryland. I make tiny dioramas with paper, wood and ink drawings. I love to compose and record music. I also publish several Web comics and I’m a stop-motion animator.

My work has been exhibited across the USA, in Europe and in the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. I am fortunate to have been featured on many websites, including This is Colossal, Beautiful Decay, The Order of the Good Death and even CSS-Tricks.

I earned my B.A. in music composition from Washington College, a certificate in computer programming, a graduate certificate in information technology from Johns Hopkins University, and I’m an MFA candidate at Towson University (2020). I’ve been teaching Web design and WordPress at the Community College of Baltimore County and MICA since 2006. I make my living as a Web developer/designer.

I started this website (at that time it was jimdoran.net) in 2001. Over the years, it’s evolved, expanded and contracted as a long experiment in Web publishing. In 2007, I began using WordPress as an Art blog, and I’m still using it presently.

Artist Statement

In a way, this entire site is my artist statement.

Each show I make usually has its own thesis, and they vary in theme and approach. Yet, there are generalities which can be applied to all of them.

I am compelled to make Art because the process of making Art is Joie de Vivre. I am deeply interested and involved in a process of making art. I do not use the word “practice” to describe what happens when I make new work.

I explore and combine these themes throughout my work:

  • What happens after Death
  • Metaphysics
  • Identity
  • Law of Attraction
  • Remote Viewing
  • Humor
  • Scale, Material, Time
  • The Oceans
  • Linear Narrative
  • Sobriety

Selected Exhibits & Such

2019

  • Under 500, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
  • …and Your Bird Can Sing, Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  • Small Stories and Other Stories [solo show], Hamilton Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  • ZIP: 21214, ArtScape Gallery Network, Baltimore, MD
  • Repurposed on Purpose (2), Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD (continued)

2018

  • The Great Mystery Show, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD (continued)
  • Maryland Psychic Fair, Bowie, MD
  • A Gorey Night: Artist Talk and Crosshatching Lessons, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
  • Two Worlds Touch, Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt, MD
  • Repurposed on Purpose (2), Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

  • Lotta Art Exhibition, School33 Baltimore, MD

2010

  • ArtScape Here, There, Anywhere Baltimore, MD
  • ArtScape Comic Wall, Baltimore, MD
  • ArtScape Banner Exhibition, Baltimore, MD
  • Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD
  • Illustration Friday Pick of the Week (Layer)
  • Videopolis, Maryland Film Festival Metro Gallery Baltimore, MD

2009

  • PENNED Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA
  • Illustration Friday “Pick of the Week” Shaky
  • Johns Hopkins National Arts Program Baltimore, MD (first place)

2008

  • ArtScape Penned Exhibition Baltimore, MD
  • PENNED Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh, NC
  • Artful Blogging Magazine
  • Johns Hopkins National Arts Program Baltimore, MD

Grants and Selected Commissions

  • Wrigley/Altoids Corporation – “Curiously Strong” Hall of Curiosity commission for charity auction, 2011
  • Maryland State Arts Council Artist Grant, Works on Paper, 2013