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Mott [creates] landscapes that are beautiful without being prettified, that are full of brash abstract expressionism while still being recognizable. Managing to find harmony in the relationship between man-made elements and the natural environment... he imbues his scenes with an un-postcardlike vigor that persuades us to see them with renewed appreciation.

-from: Another View of Rochester, Sebby Wilson Jacobson, Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle

A visually perceptive and sensitive artist, Mott displays considerable technical range. He also brings expressive depth and poetic promise to superficially uninteresting or commonplace subject matter...introducing the viewer to a new way of seeing.

-from: Exhibition Review, Judith Reynolds, City Newspaper, Rochester, NY

These small-scale paintings are concentrated records of intense experiences in nature. They are disarmingly ordinary and powerfully simple. A flat lake under a gray sky, a field of weeds and wildflowers, or a stand of pines each receives the same patient attention. Anyone who thinks what Mott does is easy should try it. The artist captures the visual drama before him with small brushes. But this isn't fussy, linear painting. His loose strokes, dabs and zig-zags are like jazz riffs - sudden variations on a thematic core. Technically the studies are built on a bedrock of excellent drawing skills, but they are so loosely done that their vividness holds at even 20 feet.

-from: Direct and Distilled Response, Judith Reynolds, City Newspaper

There are some few landscape artists whose vision makes their work an extraordinarily vivid and memorable experience. Their work may not be technically flashy, with more solid craftsmanship than pyrotechnics, infinitely simple rather than ostentatious. The paintings of Jim Mott are artworks of such quiet integrity.

-from: Exhibition Review, John Carlos Cantu, Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, MI

I find that the power of his work comes from its ability to evoke loss and hope collectively - the one incapable of surviving without the other. There is a purposeful, thoughtful dialogue at work in all of Jim's pieces, elegies to time, distance, memory.

-Jeff Ureles, cultural critic.

You are perfectly right about landscapes being ok in the post-historical phase of art. But somehow more in the spirit of the times is your project of itinerancy, which has a performance dimension...

-Arthur Danto, philosopher and art critic for The Nation

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