About the Artist
Baken excelled in sports at Absarokee High School and joined the Navy during the Vietnam War, becoming a hospital corpsman. University studies in the fine arts, English, education and employment in a mine, wood beam manufacturing plant and psychiatric center helped form a James Baken who builds and paints eclectic works of art. He uses raw objects from the mountains with sometimes antique replicas of European Masters, a direct result of living a primal existence on the land and maintaining a passion for art history.
Baken's work has been featured in more than 30 individual exhibitions, as well as dozens of group exhibitions. The winner of several awards and grants, he has served as a curator and juror for other art shows.
He frequently guides students on art study trips in Europe. He has been teaching at Rocky since Fall of 1990.