James Hoyle is an expressionist who paints his emotions, passions, and his world. It is not so much what he paints, but how he paints it. With a unique color application, Hoyle utilizes texture to create mood, and by using different layers of brushwork, including impasto, he evokes strong emotion in the viewer, thereby dissolving the line as viewer and creating a world experienced. By varying the direction of brushstrokes, Hoyle adds character, movement, energy, and life to the painting. His warm and accessible painting style is the result of a gradual evolution over the past three decades, beginning with his lengthy study of van Gogh, Pissarro, Monet, Gauguin and others. During the last decade, Hoyle's style has become unique, playing off his strength as a colorist, his passion for light and movement, and the balance and linearity of his brushwork.
A naturalist painter, Hoyle has followed this muse across the earth; painting in the New Orleans French Quarter, influenced by the very area of Degas' studio; in Arles, France, after the footsteps of Van Gogh; in Monet's Giverny, France; and in the Tahitian locales that inspired Gauguin. Finding Hawaii 20 years ago after living in Santa Fe, NM, Hoyle's work has become an icon of the islands, bringing a devoted international collector base drawn to his joie de vivre, and distinctive brushwork.
Hoyle has a remarkable talent for choosing a particular setting and then portraying what he sees before himself. He does a kindness by removing the trappings of modern society that have created distractions from the purity of the image. We are presented with the Hawai'i of old, sans telephone poles, wires, fences, roads and the like. Hoyle loves the natural beauty of Hawai'i and captures the feeling of living in the islands like no other; the wind and movement of leaves and blossoms, the vibrance of color. His paintings encourage a spiritual connection with the land.