Jim Markle received formal training in photography as a design student attending The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating with a BFA in 1970 and serving in the military, Jim moved his family to Chicago, where he earned an MA in Communications at Wheaton College. Working as an advertising manager and later managing his own advertising design studio, he gained practical experience working with commercial photographers worldwide.
Following a move to Atlanta in 1997, Jim continued working as a designer and copywriter. He later became a design instructor at Bauder College, where for 8 years he taught an array of design courses including Photoshop and digital photography.
With a renewed interest in photography, Jim entered and won two international competitions in 2004 and 2005. Since that time, his images have been juried into numerous shows and exhibits. In 2007, he had a winning entry in PX3 Prix de la Photographie in Paris, France. In 2008 he was a nominee for The Black and White Spider Awards in London, England.
Jim’s personal images are influenced as much by his appreciation for art, history, and environmental issues as by the beauty and diversity he sees in nature. Striving to improve his own images, he participates in critiques and workshops with other photographers including world-renowned photographers John Blaustein, Jerry Dodrill, Rick Sammon, John Shaw, and Craig Tanner.
Jim is a member of several professional organizations including the North American Nature Photography Association, The Center for Fine Art Photography, and North Tahoe Arts.
Jim and his wife Betts reside in Incline Village, Nevada on beautiful Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains.