James R. Williamson


Arthur Foss Assisting Pallada

Bellingham hosts a thriving community of artists, and those who live here, have likely seen the artwork of James R. Williamson gracing the walls of numerous local establishments. His work has generated a unique “style” of Pacific Northwest Art. The name Williamson has become synonymous with images epitomizing PNW landscapes, wildlife, but most notably, maritime subjects. A U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Strategic Air Command, his passion and dedication to this particular line of work has inspired many of his Maritime paintings of military ships, workboats lighthouses etc. His striking and memorable images embody an exceptional degree of clarity and emotion, shaping a new genre of PNW art that has attracted numerous clienteles. Williamson’s originals and limited editions hang in thousands of executive offices, boardrooms, bank lobbies, government buildings, restaurants and private residences throughout the United States and in several other countries. A longtime Bellingham resident and fellow Western Washington Graduate (1978), Williamson is considered an established local figure around town.

When asked how James got started locally he responded, “After my discharge form the Air Force I came to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. I began painting fishing boats as a way to increase my income. The word got around that I could illustrate any subject. I began getting inquiries from local industry and architects requesting illustrations of their products, machinery, buildings, houses — and I also created illustrations for marketing. Local private art collectors began requesting my work. As James goes on to state, “I am creating artwork that is appreciated by workers and management of various industrial, military and business clients. It has been very encouraging and gives me confidence to continue.”


Lady Washington at Grays Harbor

Now, the magnificent artwork of Williamson is on display right here at Boundary Bay. We invite you to stop by and take a look at the stunning pieces of art that hang on our Bistro walls. Williamson’s one-of-kind Original paintings, Remarque and Giclee editions are available for purchase, but he also decided to throw in a little something special us…each week we’ll raffle off a Limited Edition Print of his painting Lady Washington at Grays Harbor Lighthouse. Each 13”x19” print it signed and numbered by James, and placed in a mailing tube with the artist’s biography, print history and framing coupon. All you have to do is enter your name and phone number and place it in the raffle box in our foyer. Every Monday we will randomly draw a card, and notify the winner. Next time you are in the neighborhood, make sure you stop in and visit this stunning gallery (and don’t forget to enter your name for a change to win your own Williamson print!)


Williamson Studio (360) 734-5497 – Located in Ferndale, Washington
Displaying original paintings and limited editions of maritime, landscapes and wildlife subjects. Contact the artist for current print information including remarqued prints (with original drawings in the margin), giclee editions (digital prints) and original works in progress.

Pacific Marine Gallery (360) 738-8535  – 700 West Holly Street / Bellingham, WA 98225
Displays orginal paintings by James R. Williamson plus limited editions of Pacific Northwest subjects framed and unframed. Watercolor class taught by Williamson on Wednesday evenings. Call for information.

Parking, Parking EVERYWHERE!


So, the Holiday Season is bearing down upon us and it seems as though the gift giving is beginning already.  The parking commission of Bellingham has just announced that their gift to the community this year is going to be FREE PARKING downtown November 17th through December 31st during lunchtime hours.  Specifically, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday (weekends are already free!).  In addition, they have declared 4 days in which parking will be absolutely free all day long:  November 27th and 28th as well as December 25th and 26th.  Now, you can sneak downtown and do your Holiday shopping during your lunch break without wasting any of your hard earned cash on parking.  Or, even better, come down to grab some lunch and a beer at Boundary Bay Brewery before or after your shopping.