Born in Virginia, James studied fine arts at both James Madison University and West Virginia University. He was awarded a teaching position from both universities and acquired his M.F.A. from WVU. He worked in the commercial art field in New York for a number of years.
James lives and paints in Long Island, New York.
James loves to hike in forests and search for creative ideas. "I love being in & working in this environment; my senses are sharper and I feel rejuvenated". Photographs for ideas have been taken in Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, Bear Mountain State Park, Kaaterskill Falls, the Catskill Mountains, Peaks of Otter in Virginia and others. James' landscape paintings serve as a metaphor for an encounter - an encounter with the secluded, the mysterious, the spiritual - of this world & apart from this world.