James Parker Foley is an adjunct professor in painting at Maine College of Art & Design. He is an artist, naturalist, and educator living and working in Portland, Maine. He holds a BA in Environmental Humanities from Sterling College and an MFA from MECA&D. He has been teaching art and ecology for five years on the coast of Maine. His painting practice is grounded in close observation, alchemy, natural history, and material. His studio research focuses on the role landscape painting plays in our understanding of the world around us.