James is a painter based in Paignton, Devon, working mainly in oils and specializing in local scenes and portraiture.
James has spent many years practicing the classical approach of drawing and painting, using the proportional sizing technique which requires rigorous training in the ability to capture the overall shape or height/width proportion of a subject without pre-measuring.
For studio works, James practices the classical under-painting techniques and colour layering widely used by Boroque painters such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Velasquez.
In previous years, James would take smaller studies and develop a larger painting from them, in the studio. These days, however, he prefers to work entirely from life and can be seen regularly painting outdoors in the abundant surroundings of Torbay, Devon.
James's latest works are developed by revisiting the sight over multiple sessions until the painting is completed, emphasising the need to be in front of the subject.
"Our eyes, unlike a camera, are dynamic and we can focus in and out of as many or as few things as we choose, responding intuitively to the subject with creative impulse and imagination"