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About James

I was born in Scone, Perthshire in 1954, grew up in Lanark in the Clyde Valley and studied at Glasgow School of Art, under the tutelage of the late John Cunningham. Despite the many fine art influences at GSA, I chose a career in advertising and design, and enjoyed many creative highs during a 26 year career in the industry.

However, since my decision to seek a more personal form of self expression and fulfilment, nothing compares to the joys of paint on canvas. At every opportunity, I endeavour to capture my chosen subject 'plein air', be it in the wonderful light of southern France, the vibrant colour of the Italian riviera or here at home in coastal village, or city square. The fun and banter when the idyll is interrupted by the inquisitive passer by, simply adds to the pleasure.

Since deciding to paint full time in 2009, I have established a studio and framing workshop in an outbuilding adjoining my home in Lanark, and also a base near Béziers in the Languedoc, in the south of France. My painting is now split between the UK and gypsy-like travels abroad. In France and Italy, working from an old camper van affectionately nicknamed Claude (after Monet, my favourite artist), I am inspired by the light and colour of the region, often capturing my subject in one outdoor session.

 

"I am inspired by the light and colour of the region, often capturing my subject in one outdoor session."