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Hailing from Huntsville,
Alabama, James Green joined the U.S. Army immediately after graduating from
Lee High School in 1977. Enlisting to be an airborne infantryman, he served most
of his military career in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. After serving
in the first Persian Gulf War with the 101st Airborne, he was first an Army recruiter,
and then later he was assigned to the Range Division at Yakima Training Center,
Yakima, Washington. Here he became the Range Safety NCO and Non-Commissioned
Officer-in-Charge of the Range Division, where he served until his retirement from
the Army in January of 1999.
His creativity from an early age remained with him throughout his Army career and led to his pursuit of art, illustration, photography, model building, and writing as an avocation during his time as a professional soldier. This led him to become a regular author for FineScale Modeler magazine and an occasional contributor to the IPMS Journal. During his time at Yakima Training Center leading up to his retirement, he made the fortunate acquaintance of artist Bob Hill who was an instructor at the Graphics Technology program of Perry Technical Institute. Bob became a mentor who influenced James to enroll in the vocational graphic arts program conducted jointly by Perry Tech and Yakima Valley Community College as he prepared for life after the Army during the Fall of 1998.
Upon completion of his training as a Graphic Artist and Illustrator in June of 2000, he and his family relocated to Fort Payne, Alabama where he worked briefly as a Sign Designer & Fabricator with Cryer's Signs. Then in January of 2001 he began a four-year stint at Vincent Printing Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee, working as a Digital Pre-Press - Production Graphic Artist, and later as a Staff Artist in the Art Department.
In January of 2005 he left Vincent Printing to return to college using the GI Bill. In December 2007 he graduated from Northeast Alabama Community College with Associates Degrees in Art Studio, Business Administration, and History Education. In 2008 James opened his own fine art & graphic design studio, working out of his residence. His wife, Estelle - a Clinical Laboratory Scientist - worked at Dekalb Regional Medical Center in Fort Payne until 2017, when Estelle accepted a position at Saint Thomas - Rutherford in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where they now reside. He and Estelle have two grown children; their son, David - a Software Engineer working for Quadris Systems in Huntsville, Alabama - and their daughter, Annette - an Army wife & teacher who is stationed with her husband at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He is currently engaged as a full-time free-lance artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. He has been active as an Artist Member of the American Society of Aviation Artists , the Gadsden Art Association in Gadsden, Alabama, and the Rome Art Coterie of Rome, Georgia. He has shown his work in various shows & fine art exhibitions throughout the United States.
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