James McGrew


James McGrew’s strong background in natural sciences (degrees in biology, chemistry, and geology) helps him understand his natural subjects as well as to carry on the tradition of 19th century artists whose images helped to establish the first national parks. He also lends his art background to his work as a summer seasonal Yosemite ranger/naturalist as he has for the past 21 years. His paintings hang in collections around the world and he has received numerous awards, including Best of Show and five consecutive People’s Choice Awards at the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, and three consecutive People’s Choice Awards at Zion Plein Air Invitational. His work has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector.

Morning at Yaki Point


Oil on Linen on Birch, 6"x8"

Mohave Morning Patterns


Oil on Linen on Board, 9"x12"

Maricopa Point Juniper, Twilight Moon


Oil on Linen on Board, 10"x12" 

Winter Light, South Kaibab


Oil, 9"x12"

First Touch of Light


Oil on Linen on Board, 11"x14"

El Tovar at Twilight


Oil on Linen on Birch, 10"x20"

Port Royal Evening Panorama


Oil Linen on Board, 8"x24"

Cape Royal Sunset


Oil on Linen on Board, 14"x18"

North Sunset Panorama


Oil on Linen on Board, 10"x20"

Purchase a piece of art

The beautiful artwork featured is part of the 2019 Celebration of Art Exhibition and Sale. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please contact Kathy Duley at kduley@grandcanyon.org, or (480) 277-0458, or visit Kolb Studio at the South Rim of Grand Canyon.

Funds raised from Celebration of Art support projects and programs that keep art in Grand Canyon National Park. 

Note: We make every effort to keep each album up to date but it is possible that a piece featured has recently sold. We will confirm availability as soon as an inquiry is made.