James’s confidence and mastery of light, depth and colour have made him one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed landscape artists. James takes us from the rugged wilderness of Rannoch Moor to the enchanting fells and lakes of Cumbria, then brings us back to his Derbyshire home where the bluebell woods in the springtime are beyond compare.
After graduation with a degree in art history, his great love of music spurred him on to embark on a European Rock tour. During those months on the road he sketched avidly, and it was this experience that led him to conclude that painting was his first love although he still plays with his band at every opportunity.
Despite his years of experience, James is still inspired by the sheer beauty of the countryside around him, and he has a tremendous eye for interpreting scenes of rural Britain. Working on location he likes to produce a variety of preliminary sketches before finally capturing a piece; this attention to detail gives his work a unique accuracy and realism.