"Art comes from the heart. Art should show life as good, clean, full of hope, and inspiration. Art should evoke emotions and memories within the viewer that will cause a connection with the art.”
James’ work emphasises figurative subject matter in Early American and Western scenery. James reads and studies history and does detailed research so his work is realistic and historically correct.
James is mainly self-taught but has taken classes at the School of the Art Institute and Palette and Chisel in Chicago, Illinois. He has also taken classes at the Scottsdale Artist Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. He attends life drawing classes on a regular basis, “I feel drawing is very important and the basis of all art.”
He has taken workshops from various professional woodcarvers and artists. Wood sculptors Darwin Dower, Bill Churchill, and J. Christopher White have had a major impact on his wood sculptures. Artists Carrie Ballentyne, Morgan Weistling, Bryce Liston, and Daniel Gerhartz are some of the professional artists who have greatly influence James’ work.
Art work is available through my home studio in New Lenox, Illinois and at select juried art shows across the country. I accept a limited number of commissions each year and encourage anyone interested to contact me.