James Coe is a free-lance artist and naturalist living in the town of New Baltimore. Educated as a biologist at Harvard, Coe later earned a master's degree in painting from Parsons the New School for Design. He spent the first years of his career as an ornithological illustrator and field guide author. His Golden Field Guide, Eastern Birds was first published in 1994 and is the source of most of the bird images seen on the GLT website. In recent years, he has been painting full time. He exhibits his oil paintings in museums and galleries throughout the country, and is represented in the permanent collections of several museums, including the New York State Museum. In 2011 he was honored by the Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin as "Master Wildlife Artist."

Jim spent 6 years serving on the Town of New Baltimore Planning Board, and has served on Green Country Habitat Advisory Committee since its inception. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Animal Artists, an international professional organization of wildlife artists.

He has lived in the western hills of Hannacroix (New Baltimore) for 26 years with his wife Karen Scharff and their two children.

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