Originally from Saddleworth, Jim was brought up in North Wales, close to the coast and the mountains. Since then, he has lived and worked in many part so the UK before moving to Harrogate in 1997.
Although an engineer by profession, Jim has always enjoyed painting. He is inspired but the countryside, the towns and the coastal scenes of North Yorkshire which he depicts in his paintings with a brightly coloured, naive style. He likes to populate his paintings with little figures of people, especially children, and with animals, because he believes this brings life and interest to a painting.