James Alex Artis


I served 24 years [1968 – 1992] on active duty in the U.S. Army.  I am now a retiree who thinks we are entitled to at least one vice, providing it does not harm or hurt anyone and is neither illegal nor immoral. My current vice is back to photography. My other vices include “city” farming, stereo equipment, computers, in-home theater, and now smartphones. City farming was my most recent vice. Cycling is my long-term passion. By the way, I am a U.S. Army Ranger.


I have two children; both now adults, with two children each. My daughter Sherry [Rogers], is 51 and my son, Michael [Pamela] is 49. My grandchildren, Gabriel, Lia, Adriana, and Brandon are 21, 20, 19, & 16 years old, respectively. Man, am I getting OLD–74, 12/17/2019.

I am fortunate to have two other wonderful children by virtue of my biological children’s marriages, Rogers and Pamela.  Sherry and Rogers are the parents of Gabe and Adriana; and, Mike and Pam are the parents of Lia and Brandon. I love you dearly and miss you more than ever! Most of my Peeps [at the: Event ~ Celebrating A Centenarian–Thelma Page Burnett, Saturday, July 2, 2016]. Mrs. Burnett, my mother-in-law, passed January 29, 2018, at age 101. May she forever Rest in Peace.

Rogers [not present] & Sherry English, with Gabriel  [not present] & Adriana and Michael & Pamela, with Lia & Brandon, are my children and grandchildren–my peeps. Of course, Sherry and Michael’s mother is Ann. Sorry Rogers & Gabriel were not there.

Lia 11/2017
Adriana 11/2017

I am blessed to have Lia Iman Artis & Adriana Brooks English, both 17-year-old granddaughters, who have more than a curious interest in photography and are possible heirs to my photographic equipment and, I trust, my photography legacy. Please see my first article regarding Lia and my second article introducing Adriana. Lia begins as a full-scholarship freshman at NCA&TSU, August 8, 2018. Adriana starts college fall 2019. We are proud of both these ladies. Best to them…