My name is Jim Neely, and I have been living in Leavenworth since 2019. I have spent the last 8 years studying art with the goal of one day selling my work to the public. Growing up, I loved animals and nature so they became natural subjects in my art.
Conceptually, my work is about trying to change how my viewers feel – to get people to feel specific emotions. The emotions that I am exploring with this series are self-confidence, self-control, and manifestation. I am trying to get people to feel their personal power – or at least remind them of it. Why? We are living in unsteady times. The goal of these pictures is to help people find the strength to keep fighting when hope is lost. My goal is that these images will remind people that we all have what it takes to do the hard, essential, work that is ours to do.