Embracing Ambiguity: An Interview with James Kline

BY NANCY MCKEITHEN, PHOTOGRAPHS BY HALI TAYLOR

 

James Kline knew what he wanted to do was paint, but the trip from desire to doing took him to the other side of the world.

Growing up in small Keedysville, Maryland, he wasn’t discouraged from pursuing art, but neither was he encouraged. After graduating from the McDonogh Schoolnear Baltimore, he headed to Dickinson College
in Pennsylvania with thoughts of becoming a French teacher. But there was Vietnam, and so he enlisted in the Navy. He was sent to Brunswick, Maine instead.

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