Raven is my familiar in the tradition of fantasy literature. He allows me to travel in ways I cannot. These images are about moving through the landscape to experience it, rather than just being a passive observer. Raven creates the landscapes as he flies, folding and unfolding, building the world along a line with infinite horizons. We all build our worlds by moving through them. Let Raven take you through his.
Jim Thomson received his Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Architecture) in 1983 (U of Manitoba) and his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. Jim had a solo show in Wasagaming in 1990, and participated in group shows including Manitoba Society of Artists shows. While working in the graphic arts as an illustrator and production artist and later as a supplier Jim became involved in computer graphics technology. This lead to a new career as a teacher of Interactive Digital Media at Kildonan-East High School. From 2002 to 2021 Jim taught students how to use technology as a form of storytelling using art and code to produce animations, websites, video games and VR experiences. While these current images are not directly related to game development, they are the result of a passion for storytelling and world building. Upon his retirement in June 2021, Jim returned to his traditional fine art roots and the Canadian landscape he has travelled through all his life.
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