Jim Hallenbeck grew up in Catskill, NY. After majoring in Fine Arts at SUNY Plattsburgh, he transferred to Florida International University of Miami where he earned a BS in Art Education in 1979. Hallenbeck was hired by IBM in September 1979 in Boca Raton, FL and transferred to Raleigh, NC in 1999. He retired as a Vice President from IBM in September 2014 and worked at Lenovo through January 2015. Through the years during his IBM career, Hallenbeck continued to paint as time allowed. Beginning February 2015, he devoted himself to his artistic journey full time. Since then, Hallenbeck has completed 100 paintings in his favorite medium of oil on canvas. He has been juried into 17 local, regional, and national shows and has won five awards. Hallenbeck is a firm believer in giving back to his community – his exhibition at Margaux’s restaurant raised $500 and 500 pounds of food, other items for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
Hallenbeck’s art has largely been of landscapes, cityscapes, and, at times, the people captured in these scenes. His approach in painting is to represent each subject realistically, while at the same time to accentuate its bright colors and details. He finds his approach to painting to be one of deep introspection complete with a wide range of emotions – inner peace, happiness, honesty, and truth. In turn, he hopes to communicate something to the viewer, to trigger an emotion, or to spark a memory that resonates on a very unique personal level.