James' Artist Statement and Background

Art can be used to explore things we don't understand, such as life, death and the human condition, chaos and beauty.  I use the camera to help me understand my relationship/experience with these things.

In recent years I realized that the creative process is important to  me  for my well being   ...and so after many years I decided to start working again with my camera.

-Jim McElroy

Born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta


  • Banff Centre/ School of Fine Arts, Banff,AB: Two-year Visual Communications Diploma (on Scholarship)           

  • “Banff Centre Purchase Award”   -   Six week Summer Photography Session   

  • Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr School of Art): 1 year Sculpture

  • Central Washington State, Ellensburg, Washington: Completed first photography class


Art Grants:                                                                                                                       

  • Columbia Basin Trust  - Major Grant for photography, 2015     

  • Vancouver International Wood Sculpture Symposium - Apprenticeship 

  • Canada Council Grant for photography, 1975


  • Kimberley Arts at Centre 64 – Solo Photography Exhibit

  • Copper Point Resort, Invermere, B.C. rotating exhibit in their dinning room.

  • Pynelogs Cultural Centre, Invermere, BC  Group shows  summers - 2010 to present

  • Canmore Artist Guild (CAG), Canmore, AB: 2013 Group show honoring the opening of their new gallery

  • Harmon Gallery, Banff, AB – a joint exhibit with Carole Harmon in conjunction with Exposure 2010, a Banff/Calgary  Photography Festival, February 2010

  • Canmore Artists and Artisans Guild (CAAG), Canmore, AB:  “Images of the Vancouver Taxi  Scene” – photographs by James McElroy and “Energy in Color” - Watercolours by Carol Gordon; June 1981  

  • “Dangling Conversations” – images transformed in watercolour, wood & silver; James McElroy and Carol Gordon, June 1982

  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery – Solo Photography exhibit, 1976

Photography Projects:

  • Columbia Valley Wetlands

  • Kootenay Burn –  images from the Kootenay National Park Burn  

  • Mexico

  • My Meadow – the meadow just outside my front door, rural area, Invermere, BC

  • Rolf Heer – Radium Hot Springs Woodcarver

  • Sand Dunes

  • The Grandfather Series  -  images of rock formations on the coastline of Galiano Island, B.C.

  • The Taxi Series – night shift East End Vancouver, BC - not posted yet