Synthia SAINT JAMES’ art and celebrity has been utilized in numerous promotional campaigns for such companies as Royal Caribbean International, Johnson & Johnson’s Ambi, Liberty Mutual, Seagram’s, the Mark Taper Forum Theater, Union Bank of California, Washington Mutual Bank, Maybelline, Kayser-Roth, Coca Cola USA, Essence Communications, Barnes and Noble, and AARP (a painting design for Los Angeles’ Metro Rail Trains).
Her artwork in hospitals include commissioned originals for Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale, CA and Sisters of Providence, Seattle, WA, and fine art reproductions that grace the walls of such hospitals as Kaiser Permanente (several locations), Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, City of Hope Medical Center and Bridgeport Hospital.
SAINT JAMES’ public art designs include a 2’8”x150 foot ceramic tile mural for Ontario International Airport International Baggage Claim, Ontario, CA, six 6×9 foot elevator lobby door designs for California’s East End Complex, Sacramento, CA, three 45×22” stained glass windows for the West Tampa Library, Tampa, FL, a 4×7 foot ceramic tile mural for Cowan Elementary School, Westchester, CA, and a 4 story mural design for an affordable living complex in Los Angeles, CA.
United States Ambassadors have requested that the art of Synthia SAINT JAMES be included in the interior design of their embassies and residences – through the Art in Embassies Program – since the 1990s. A partial listing of the embassies include Caracas, Venezuela; Gagnoa, Ghana; Accra, Ghana; Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Abuja, Nigeria; Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa; Asmara, Eritrea; Singapore; Lome, Togo; Valleta, Malta; and Juba, South Sudan.
SAINT JAMES’ licensees include Marriott Hotels and Resorts, who purchased the license to include fine art reproductions of her painting “Aruba Fantasy” in the 223 guestrooms of their Marriott Aruba Ocean Club in the Dutch West Indies. East Coast Graphics, her most recent licensee, acquired the rights to reproduce and sell fine art open end reproductions of her paintings to major retail outlets which now include Target, World Market, JC Penney, TJ Maxx and Homesense.
With a focus on multicultural figurative paintings, she also creates vibrant seascapes and landscapes – oftentimes combining both styles in one painting. She uniquely captures the cultural essence and beauty of the world.
SAINT JAMES’ artwork has been described as “ebullient”, “bold”, “she creates paintings that remind one of Matisse cutouts in their clear line and intense color” and “joyful”. “SAINT JAMES’ paintings have a healing power that soothes and comforts our souls.”
Synthia SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, and award-winning author and/or illustrator of 17 children’s books, several poetry and affirmation books, a cookbook, a play, a monologue, and 2 marketing books. Her most recent books include– Healers, Orishas, Shamans and Deities: The Healing Art of Synthia SAINT JAMES – in which she shares twelve of her paintings created since March, 2020 and healing inspirations – and her first short novel Hyacinth: A Novelette, both available on Amazon.
She is a popular keynote speaker, educator and public art designer who has garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious Trumpet Award, a Coretta Scott King Award, a HistoryMaker Award, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Saint Augustine’s University. Dr. SAINT JAMES also serves as a Global Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s “Circle of Promise”.
Synthia SAINT JAMES’ United States Postal Service stamp designs include the first Kwanzaa Commemorative Stamp in 1997 (a total of 318 million stamps were printed using her first design – which was used on the 32, 33, 34, and 37 cents stamps), and the 2016 Forever Kwanzaa Stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kwanzaa holiday.
Her paintings grace the covers of over 75 books – including the original international cover art for Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale and Iyanla Vanzant’s Acts of Faith. But few know that her artwork has been featured in United States Embassies worldwide through the Art in Embassies Program since the 1990’s.
The House of Seagram, Coca Cola USA, Maybelline, Essence Communications, National Coalition of 100 Black Men, Glendale Memorial Hospital, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Barnes and Noble, Marriott Hotels & Resorts and AARP represent a mere sampling of her clients. She has also created 17 commissioned paintings for colleges and universities and over 16 for non-profit organizations including her recent painting “HER Vision for Empowerment” for PAI.org.
Some of her most celebrated collectors include Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., Alice Walker, Jenifer Lewis, Glynn Turman, Regina Taylor, Brenda Russell, Charles Fuller and Vanessa Bell Calloway.
Awards created by Synthia SAINT JAMES include the “We See You Award”, the “Mosaic Woman Award”, and “The Lifetime Achievement Award” especially commissioned for His Excellency Nelson Mandela by Africare in 2010.