Jim Doran

Artist Statement

Currently, I work on a very small scale. I extrude my drawings into three dimensions, and arrange them in appealing theatrical spaces: discarded packaging, small tin boxes, stolen spoons and other ephemera.

A lot of my work is death centric, but it's also death positive. I'm not a gloomy sort of fellow. In addition to the Great Secret of the Universe, the Sea figures prominently in my work.

I make art because it's fun.

Exhibits & Such

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

  • Johns Hopkins National Arts Program
  • Sweet 'Art, Area 405 Baltimore, MD
  • Maryland Arts Council grant for works on paper
  • artMRKT, San Francisco, CA
  • From the Outside at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • THE HAPPENING, Skylight Gallery, New York City, August
  • Dia de Los Muertos, Milagro, Baltimore, MD
  • Sketchbook, School33, Baltimore, MD
  • Scope, Miami Beach, FL

2014

  • "Great Villians of Gotham" & "FROM SPAWN TO SAGA: Image Comics at 22," One-Shot Gallery at St. Mark's Comics, NYC Spring/Summer
  • Winter Group Art Exhibit, Jacksonville, MD
  • The Happening, NYC
  • Jordan Faye Contemporary Small Wonders & Spectaculars Baltimore, MD

2015

  • At Home Group Exhibition, The Park School, Baltimore MD
  • Diorama-rama, Baltimore, MD
  • Ebb & Flow, ArtScape Baltimore, MD
  • Points of Departure, New Mexico State University, NM

Joie de Vivre

I am an artist living in Baltimore, Maryland. I created this site in 2001 and its purpose is to document and reinforce the good and positive thing in my life.

Pessimism robs ordinary people of their power
~ Colin Wilson

I am an optimist and I love all of the following things: raccoons, water towers, the sea, black coffee (the cheaper, the better), Jasmine and Lapsang Souchong teas and shoes.

I admire the following individuals: Haruki Murakami, Harpo Marx, Benjamin Franklin, Bernard Rudofsky, Frida Kahlo, the Bill Evans Trio, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and Henry Threadgill.

I took the Myers-Briggs assessment and I'm INFP/J. I tend to be happiest when I am home, working in the middle of the night.

Work

HeadFirst WordPress HeadFirst WordPress By day, I happily make Web sites, videos, animations and magic for a large university. At night, I teach other people how to make Web sites at their own universities. I edit and write code for technical books, like the two at the right.

I do freelance work. My clients include Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland Department of Education, the University of Maryland and many small local businesses. I specialize in WordPress solutions for Artists, Crafts People and small business.

All content, media and opinions on this site are my very own and have no bearing or relationship to any of my employers or clients, past or present.

Speaking

I give talks on blogging, education, Web accessibility, ART and technology. Here are some events where I've presented talks.

Teaching

I am an adjunct faculty member at The Maryland Institute College of Art and the Community College of Baltimore County. I've taught combinations of the following: HTML, XHTML, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, SQL and designing with Web standards.

Roller Derby

playing roller derby


I play roller derby as James Bondage #007. Roller Derby is one of the most fun things I've ever done. Ever.

Music

I studied music as my undergraduate degree. I wrote a thesis on the development of the electric guitar with the generous help of Steve Vai. In addition to doing audio engineering, I've contributed to a number of albums as a drummer, bassist and guitarist. I love punk rock, Be-bop era Jazz and anything interesting. And noisy.

When I graduated from college, I worked as a music buyer for several music stores and a wholesale music distributor while playing drums with Bazooka Joe, Honeypump and Diana Froley. I decided that I didn't actually want to work for a record label or be a touring musician, and I took a job as a music therapist at a hospital and nursing home. I learned how to facilitate drumming circles in a variety of populations — adult day care, in a secure psych unit and with dementia patents. This completely changed the way I think about music. I learned that music has, quite literally, the ability to heal. I watched music touch people isolated by their physical and mental impairments and I learned how important the arts are to us as humans. I think that job, more than any other experience, had the biggest influence on me as a person and an artist.

Below: MP3s of my favorite recordings that I helped make. Please help yourself.