James was born in Glasgow in 1944 and studied at the Glasgow School of Art and trained as a carpet designer before joining one of the largest carpet manufacturers in Yorkshire as Design Studio Manager.
James became one of the UK’s leading carpet designers and with colour and composition being so important in his professional designs. James allowed this to flow naturally through the subtlety of hue and texture in his landscapes. Painting primarily in oils on cork, his work straddles the contemporary and the timeless, inviting viewers to a personal interpretation of his painting.
It is in the light and atmosphere of the landscape, where James aims to mix memory and desire’. Inspiration is drawn from visits to his homeland and holidays spent in France, Venice and the Mediterranean islands. Closer to home, his love of the Lake District and the magnificent Yorkshire scenery also inspires. James has had many successful exhibitions in the North of England and is a member of the Fine Arts Trades Guild.