James H. McRae (1924-2010) was born in Marietta, GA.  His father was a stone carver, and his mother was an accomplished traditional hand-crafter. He grew up in Atlanta, GA and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Northwest and the Aleutian Islands during World War II. McRae returned to Atlanta after the war and played professional baseball in the minor leagues before embarking on a career in art. He attended the Atlanta College of Art and later taught figure drawing there. Jim worked as an artist in several disciplines, earning success as a cartoonist and commercial artist before turning full time to painting. He was a studio artist for nearly 60 years, working in various media but focusing on figurative painting, a field in which he earned distinction. His work is held in the collections of museums and collectors worldwide. In 1973, he moved to Franklin and continued to work as an artist.

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