Born in Walla Walla, Washington, James and his wife, Marian, live in Boise, Idaho. They have two grown sons. His ability in art was apparent at an early age and he was always the artist in class, even in grade school. In high school he started pin striping cars and painting signs. His favorite subject and most of his attention was spent in art class in Walla Walla high school and later, Columbia Basin College. He started a career in retail advertising and commercial art and moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon. Influenced by the outstanding Western Art at the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, Jim started oil painting seriously in the 1970's after completing the "Famous Artists Course". Showing his work at Western Art Shows and galleries in the Northwest. Jim changed careers and went into retail management which limited his time, but not his desire for painting and his dream of being a full time artist. He spends much of his time out in the field gathering material and studying his subjects. James is inspired to capture the beauty of the American west working in oils, his wildlife fine art paintings and those of the working cowboy are popular with collectors for capturing the accuracy of the animals and the beauty of their environment. A participant in many National juried shows and competitions, his work is in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.