James received his first commission at the age of sixteen. Art training began at around the age of nine. Growing up in New Mexico exposed the artist to Native American cultures early on and it was this exposure that involved him in friendships with such artists as R.C. Gorman and other artisans at various pueblos.
New Mexico with its Indian culture had made quite an impact upon the art world as James began his studies at the University of New Mexico. He studied painting under Master Lithographer Garo Antresian. His portraiture interests led to studies under new British Sculptors Pearson and Young.
The artists uses classic portraiture technique for example in a recent work for the Miami Opera where it had been imperative that the subject matter be instantly recognizable. Watercolor and gouache medium became a favorite expression leading to many works including architectural renderings which he mastered under Architect Yum Kee Fu Aia of Hong Kong and Macao China.
James has at times distinguished himself by his inclusion in the 15th and 16th Editions of Who’s Who in California. This accolade came after his paintings of the San Francisco Opera and Grace Cathedral, among others. Both Queen Beatrix and Princess Margarithe of the Netherlands have been presented works by the artist from various groups or organizations in this country.
James is presently involved in a serious of works with the Town of Palm Beach as the subject matter, the scenery is so resplendent and beautiful that the artist is making every effort to record what he sees with a genuine regard for detail and an awareness of its historical significance.