James Putnam Abbott began his serious exploration of image-making in the late 1980's when he studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  His photographs and his mixed media sculptures have been displayed in gallery and museum venues nationally, and his work is held in many private collections.   

An active photographer still (experimenting with iPhoneography), Abbott’s creative focus has shifted to

three-dimensional work, utilizing wood, stone, wire,

metals, wax and a variety of found objects, creating

pieces for wall display, as well as for garden installation. Working with these media mixes, Abbott continues to develop new methods of displaying the images he has captured over four decades of work on film and in

digital formats.

Abbott holds his BA from Carleton College, his MS from

City College of New York, and his JD from Cardozo Law School.  He now lives in mid-coast Maine, where he has renovated a former church/meeting house in Rockland that serves as the workshop, studio and gallery in which he continues to  explore the mixing of media.


James Putnam Abbott

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch,

He said to me, "you must not ask for so much."

And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door,

She cried to me, "hey, why not ask for more?"


Leonard Cohen

“Bird on a Wire”

All images copyright 1990-2012 James Putnam Abbott