Mason House Gallery
About Jim and his valentines
I first shared a valentine of my own creation with friends and family during my senior year in college while earning a BS in Design and Environmental Analysis. One of the fine arts classes I took to retain my sanity at Cornell was Photography 101 where I shot, developed and (smiling in the darkroom) printed that first valentine onto Kodak photo postcard paper. Since then it’s been a regular opportunity to reach out at a time of year when family, friends, colleagues and neighbors could use a bit of “handmade” warmth and whimsy.
During my two-decade career in corporate interior design and project management in New York City, both the mailing list and the variety of media for the yearly missive grew – thanks, in part, to a few classes at The School of Visual Arts and the transformation in digital media.
This year’s mailing is my fourteenth (lucky 14!) since moving to East Tennessee. It becomes more important to me each year to send a tangible, physical greeting card when social media and email messages seem to be a step too removed. Not only am I proudly supporting the ever-important U.S. Postal Service, but people would have a really hard time sticking a Facebook / Instagram / Twitter post to the refrigerator.
And now, as we continue to contend with a worldwide pandemic, “Staying Connected” safely is paramount. It is with that sentiment in mind, and as an expression of unceasing appreciation for our healthcare workers, that I made this year’s valentine. I hope it brings a smile to others, as that first one did for me.