James Joseph Tascio (1984-2016) was born in the Bronx. At the age of twenty-two, he made his way to New Orleans, then traveled extensively through the US, living in Texas, New Mexico, California, Colorado, and Missouri, returning to New Orleans in February, 2016. He traveled extensively on foot, rail, car and thumb and all the time, painting, writing, cooking and smiling. He left behind paintings, poetry, and prose and many happy memories that his family and friends treasure. Jim always had a book to read, a notebook to write in and paper to draw on.