Master of art, James Picard, explains what goes on in his mind to WoTR

As human beings on the planet, we carry things inside us that are dark and wounded, and the darkness is what happens when we don’t deal with the wounds…” [James Picard, interview excerpt]

Photo of James Picard taken at the Eastern State Penitentiary, September 2014. Courtesy of www.darkandwounded.com.

Photo of James Picard taken at the Eastern State Penitentiary, September 2014. Courtesy of www.darkandwounded.com.

James Picard: artistic genius. That’s probably what his Twitter bio should read. Delving into the depths of the human mind and into the realms of emotional turmoil, his artistic outputs are nothing short of amazing. With paintings that span a myriad of styles, and frequently working on several (sometimes twenty!) paintings at the same time, he is nothing short of an art machine (I mean that in a good way).

James amongst a handful of his paintings. Photo courtesy of www.jamespicard.com.

James amongst a handful of his paintings. Photo courtesy of www.jamespicard.com.

Needless to say, our interview with Mr. Picard was absolutely fascinating, as well as extremely humbling. His ability far surpasses mere artistic skill – in fact, it seems that he genuinely has the capacity to channel the energies and emotions of his surroundings (or portrait sitters) and process them into something material. This has led to a number of incredible occurrences, including the painting of a possible ghost-girl…but you’ll have to listen to our interview to find out about that!

“This is the first time I’ve seen people standing and literally weeping in front of paintings, and strangers comforting people…I went, this is so incredible, I’m onto something really big here.” [ibid.]

The Dark and Wounded at Lincoln Heights Jail. Photo courtesy of www.thedarkandwounded.com.

The Dark and Wounded at Lincoln Heights Jail. Photo courtesy of www.thedarkandwounded.com.

Linda Vista Hospital. Photo courtesy of www.thedarkandwounded.com.

Linda Vista Hospital. Photo courtesy of www.thedarkandwounded.com.

James’ current series and tour is titled, “The Dark & The Wounded,” and has already seen a number of great venues, including the abandoned Lincoln Heights Jail, and the abandoned Linda Vista Hospital (both of which should be familiar to our listeners by now!). As of today, Alcatraz Prison can also be added to that list. If you want the unique opportunity to check out his work, head over to his tour page and grab yourself some tickets!  

James standing outside Alcatraz Prison. Photo courtesy of www.thedarkandwounded.com.

James standing outside Alcatraz Prison. Photo courtesy of www.thedarkandwounded.com.

Don't forget to follow James on Twitter, check out his Dark & Wounded website if you haven't already, and also head over to the official JamesPicard.com.

Drum roll please....now for the actual interview:

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Posted on May 5, 2015 and filed under SUM1.