Born in Walla Walla, Washington, he and his wife now live in Boise, Idaho. After many years in commercial art, advertising and management, he is now a full time artist.
James is inspired to capture the beauty of the American west in western and wildlife subjects. Working mostly in oils, his wildlife 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.