My inspiration is usually some everyday experience of the world around me and especially the way light and shadow play upon a subject. All types of subject matter interest me and I am reluctant to restrict myself to any one genre. But being fortunate to have grown up in 'Beautiful B.C.' and enjoy many trips throughout the province, I feel a deep-rooted connection to British Columbia’s rugged landscapes and waterscapes. That connection often presents itself in my work.
“The choice of watercolour as a medium was influenced by my teachers at Capilano College, and although an unforgiving medium, it continues to intrigue me with its possibilities.”
James’ specialty has come to be highly detailed and meticulously executed watercolours, but over the last few years he has acted on the urge to get out of the studio and paint more spontaneously "en plein air" (outdoors directly from life). He has also been experimenting with acrylic paints on canvas, enjoying the creative freedom provided by this medium's versatility.