James received his BFA at The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio in 1983. After graduation James moved to Chicago and set up shop as a successful Illustrator working for Ad Agencies. James made an excellent transition from Illustration to Fine Art and has representation with numerous Galleries across the United States. James's latest award is being named as a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America. He was awarded the honor by having many works accepted into their highly competitive National and Regional Juried exhibitions. James also asked to be a judge of the 2016 East Regional show for the Oil Painters of an America's 2016 exhibition in Cincinnati Ohio.