Jim Harter (1941-2015)

Artist Statement:

       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.

       Jim is a supporter of AMMA and has been receiving her hugs (blessings) for years. Amma is a spiritual leader who has embraced and comforted more than 34 million people and inspires, uplifts, and transforms through her embrace, her spiritual wisdom and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World® which is a global network of local and regional charitable organizations and projects currently active in more than 40 countries around the world to help alleviate the burden of the world’s poor through helping to meet each of their five basic needs — food, shelter, education, healthcare and livelihood — wherever and whenever possible. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, she answers: "Where there is true love, anything is effortless."


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