Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 9:37 PM on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

James Ward Quinlan

March 30, 1937-June 12, 2011

James Ward "The Mighty Quim" Quinlan died June 12, 2011. James was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on March 30, 1937. He had a life-long passion for artistic expression. Oil painting was his favorite medium for many years. James worked for the Syracuse Herald Journal in the 1960s. He attended Syracuse University of Fine Arts 1960-1963 and continued to study painting until his passing death.

James and his wife, Frances, moved to Homer with their three children, John, Westly and Alysia in 1969 where they lived a subsistence lifestyle at the head of Kachemak Bay. Another daughter, Jessie, was born in 1973. In 1976, James and Frances separated and James began painting again.

"The Mighty Quim" continued painting, building his own frames and stretching his own cavases for the last three decades of his life. He had a one-man show in Barberry Gallery, Lexington, Mass. in 1989 and another at the Great Company Gallery in Homer in 1990.

His family wrote, "Quim's work has always been mythological, symbolic, spiritual and thought-provoking because he was never into art for money but for the creative freedom that he expressed in his paintings. The Mighty Quim leaves a legacy of fine art for his family and the world and we are all honored to be blessed by his creative vision. May Quim's journey continue to bring him new revelation as he lives on in the spirit realm. We will miss your presence in our lives."

James was preceded in death by his daughter Jessie Laurel. He is survived by his son John and his wife Joann; son Westly and his wife Terry; daughter Alysia; grandchildren Nicole Ann, Caleb, Callie, Cassie, Ashly and Katelynn; and great-granddaughter Emma.