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about the artist

Photography is my second calling and passion after many years working as a research psychologist and educational consultant. My work includes conceptual landscapes, people and the places they inhabit, architecture, and travel. I view my photographs as abstractions of something seen and something felt at a particular time in my life—a visual diary of ideas, moods, and the world as I experience it.

Natural landscapes inspire me as both quiet and dramatic places of refuge where I feel grounded and at my most spiritual self. People and the environments they create, and which in turn create them, are another landscape that interests me given my background as an organizational psychologist. Human landscapes have social and cultural meaning showing us who we are. I approach my work through an artistic rather than strictly documentary lens. A photograph should be a metaphor for something larger that cannot adequately be described through words.

I am a self-taught photographic artist thankful for the teachers, mentors, and good friends who encouraged and helped me along the way. My work has been exhibited in group shows in galleries throughout the Northwest, the greater United States, and Europe. I make my own fine art prints that are available for sale.

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.

- Diane Arbus



Jim Kushman

1172 NW Weybridge Way

Beaverton, OR 97006

Phone: 503.880.3681

Email: jim.kushman@gmail.com



1973 B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana IL

1975 M.S. Psychology, Portland State University, Portland, OR

1990 PhD. Organizational Psychology, Claremont Graduate Univ., Claremont, CA


Juried Group Exhibitions

PhotoPlace Gallery, Travel: Faces and Places, November 2018, Middlebury, Vermont

Blank Wall Gallery, Street Photography, January 2018, Athens, Greece

Southeast Center for Photography, Landscape, Grand or Personal, September 2017, Greenville, South Carolina

LightBox Photographic Gallery, PDX30, April 2017, Astoria, Oregon

Black Box Gallery, Portraiture: Photography Now, on-line exhibitions; September 2016; August 2015, Portland, Oregon

Newspace Center for Photography, Member’s Salon; October 2015, 2014, 2013, Portland, Oregon

Concordia University, Libraries’ Art and Culture Program, Uniquely Oregon: A Visual Exploration, July 2015, Portland, Oregon

Light Box Photographic Gallery, Forty Portland Photographers, April 2014, Portland, Oregon
Black Box Gallery, Journeys: Travel Photography, December 2013, Portland, Oregon

Work Experience Outside of Photography

Senior Program Director/Senior Researcher

Center for School and District Improvement

Education Northwest

Portland, Oregon

1993 to 2011

·      developed innovative educational programs

·      management of a 20-member work team of trainers, researchers, and service providers

·      principal investigator for studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education

·      Published research studies in educational and scientific journals