James Heldt

James H.

San Diego, CA
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James delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1984

I am best known for putting a lot of life and exactness into the eyes on my canvas; humans and pets. I have been painting for over 40 years. During this time I have continued my education by taking classes from other Artists and schools. I have used pastels, oil paints, charcoal, pencil, clay, mixed media, watercolor and acrylic. I prefer Acrylic for its control, exact pigment and drying time. Which affects over all project time. My specialties are faces, animals and abstract. All of which have been commissioned for me to paint or was a result of my donation of a custom painting to local charities.

Experience

Lapidary Continuing Education
Sep 2009 - Present
San Diego Mineral & Gem Society

Stone cutting, shaping and polishing.

Silversmith Continuing Education
Sep 2009 - Present
San Diego Mineral & Gem Society

Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Silversmithing.

Jewelry Design
Oct 1976 - Present
Self

Beading, wire wrapping & jewelry design.

Painter
Oct 1976 - Present
Self

Education

Continuing Education
Sep 2009 - Present
San Diego Mineral and Gem Society
Mixed Media Painting
Jan 2010 - May 2010
Art Academy of San Diego
Silversmith Continuing Education
Jan 2010 - May 2010
Art Academy of San Diego
Associate of Science: Field of Study in Computer Science (AS)
Sep 1989 - Jun 2007
Nevada College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Farsi
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Member in Good Standing
Oct 2016
Southern Nevada Gem & Mineral Society

Gem & Mineral Education Society

Member in Good Standing
Sep 2010
San Diego Mineral & Gem Society

Gem & Mineral Education Society

Awards

Endangered: Exploring California's Changing Ecosystems
Sep 2017
Mesa College

Photos & Videos

2017 Abstract

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Labradorite Sterling Cuff

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Current Painting

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Tanzanite and Sterling Silver

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California Poppy Print

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1964 Silver Quarter Ring

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Anck - Male Bengal - Passed Away 2014

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Plumeria Print

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1943 Silver Quarter Ring with B Franklin 50 cent piece as bezel.
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3 Reviews

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Christopher B. Sep 19, 2017
Acrylic Painting · In studio

James really took the time to explain the acrylic colors and shading. Especially great that I now know the difference between translucent, opaque and transparent. I have painted for years but his classes helped me rediscover a live for painting people. The eyes were the hardest until I realized I must capture the tiniest detail. I recommend him for any class. Very patient and very generous soul! Thank you!!!!!

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Patricia Sep 5, 2017
Painting · In home

James shares his skill as an artist with great patience and ease. He was willing to share and explain different methods and skills in colors, shading, and textures. He is able to cover many subjects matters. He also conveyed ways to enhance the painting I was creating.

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Frances Sep 5, 2017
Jewelry Design · In home

I've watched first hand while James created some beautiful silver jewelry. He started with raw material, melted the silver, poured into molds, added gems, ending with gorgeous necklaces and/or earrings etc. He truly loves creating and is extremely talented which makes him able to pass on his skill to other

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