Late Atlanta painter’s timeless beauties displayed at Decatur gallery

Jim McRae paintings celebrating the beauty of women, including "Woman With Gold Earrings," are on view this holiday season at Decatur s Aimee Jewelry & Fine Art Gallery.

Jim McRae paintings celebrating the beauty of women, including “Woman With Gold Earrings,” are on view this holiday season at Decatur s Aimee Jewelry & Fine Art Gallery.

It’s almost all lovely ladies depicted in the framed paintings of the late Jim McRae lining the walls of Decatur’s Aimee Jewelry & Fine Art Gallery through Jan. 3.

The Marietta native, who spent the first part of his six decades as a studio artist in Atlanta, loved the female form and painted it with grace and beauty. McRae, a World War II veteran who attended the Atlanta College of Art on the GI Bill and later taught figure drawing there, moved in 1973 to Franklin, N.C.

The prolific artist died in 2010, leaving a large body of work, including his portraits of women, some dressed fancily, some wearing nary a stitch. One of his children, Keith McRae of Decatur, approached Amy Elfersy, owner of the year-old downtown Decatur gallery, about an exhibit.

Wowed, Elfersy said yes, and the Georgian’s art has come back home through Jan. 3. You can find some of these and others at mcraestudio.com.

335B W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-371-0099, www.aimeejewelryandgallery.com.


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