James (Jim) was born and raised in San Francisco and has been living in Australia since 2015. He and his partner travel back to California when possible to spend time with family.
After graduating college with a BA, his academic and artistic qualifications saw him land an amazing opportunity with a start-up video game company where he was quickly elevated to Art Director, a title he held in the video game industry for over 20 years. Jim was so highly regarded that he went on to partner with some of the biggest names within the video game and entertainment industries such as Lucas Film (Star Wars), Tolkien (Lord of the Rings), Marvel Entertainment, Dreamworks and so much more. In 2016 Jim left the games industry to pursue a career as a fine artist. Today, Jim’s inspiration comes from many places but primarily from the natural world and that is reflected strongly in his art.
“With the modern world and how we inhabit and interact with it, we have been desensitized to the beauty of nature and what it has to offer. Almost everything we surround ourselves with is artificial and so we are not always able to truly see and experience the colors, sounds and motions of the natural world. When I look at the ocean I am mesmerized by the endless colors of the water, the motion of the waves, the sounds and the smells, even seeing a bird dive beneath the surface or seeing the head of a seal pop up and watch the world with such interest is amazing. All of those things are incredibly beautiful and fascinating to me.”
Jim’s art-pieces are created with a very unique and proprietary method. Whilst Jim keeps his processes a closely guarded secret, it can be said that he uses state-of-the-art software that is found in today’s large motion picture and video game industries. Jim has spent over 20 years developing his process and to his knowledge no one else is using the programs in the ways that he does to achieve his unique results, so this is why he maintains a level of secrecy around his extremely in-depth methods of his striking art creations.