James Niehues - Ski Resort Map Artist

Each view is hand painted by brush and airbrush

Snowbird, Utah - Ski Trial Map

I have been painting aerial views since 1986. The first ski map was in 1988 and since then I have created over 350 different views for resorts, tourist bureaus, golf communities and outdoor sports related entities. Clients range from the US to Canada, China, Australia, Chile, Japan, Korea, Scotland, New Zealand and Serbia. Each view is hand painted by brush and airbrush using opaque watercolor to capture the detail and variations of nature’s beauty. In many instances, distortions are necessary to bring everything into a single view. The trick is to do this without the viewer realizing that anything has been altered from the actual perspective. This has always been a natural for me. I am now in semi-retirement taking on a few new ski resort projects each year and turning my attention to some landscape oils along with some aerials that I have always wanted to paint.

portillo-chile artwork ski map

Ski resorts used to publish posters in the late 1980’s and early 90’s but not so much in recent years. Many enquires lead me to search out a high quality printing source that could deliver single orders to the customer’s needs and wants. ImageKind has proven to be that source with many sizes and paper or canvas to choose from. I have many images for you to choose from in state-by-state and country galleries. If there is an image that I have painted and it is not in these galleries, let me know by emailing me jimniehues@aol.com and I will process the image. Click here ImageKind to see the available prints. I do have a selection of the actual trail map original paintings available for purchase.