It’s the act of painting that really inspires James, not so much the subject matter. His goal has always been to make beautiful art that as many people as possible can enjoy.
Born and raised in British Columbia on a dairy farm in the lower mainland James learned a love for animals and the outdoors from an early age. His skill and passion for art drove him through school and inspired him to further develop his skills by enrolling in Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver. Soon after his graduation he was represented by the Harrison Gallery in Vancouver, B.C., and so began his 34 year career creating beautiful images. As he continued to paint he discovered that landscapes were limiting and that his talent allowed him to execute many different looks in various styles of work. He is now able to paint in both representational and abstract categories with ease and incorporates silver and gold foil, and epoxy when desired to add texture, variation and abstraction.
Throughout his career in the arts James has continued to perfect his craft and has sold many originals to private collectors. He has received the 1994 and 1998 Pacific Salmon Foundation Awards and was featured on the B.C. Outdoors 50th anniversary magazine cover. Travel has also been a part of James life as he and his wife continue to explore different parts of the world every year to recharge and seek inspiration from other artists and locales.
The subject matter that he continues to enjoy revisiting most remains large florals and creation in general – from a tiny exquisite beetle, a colorful luminescent jellyfish to a regal moose in it’s natural habitat. The human form is the most recent area that James has been exploring. All areas can be viewed on his website at www.wellingtonartgroup.com. With his family now grown and independent, James is excited to pursue painting where his passion is from his studio in Chilliwack, B.C. He is currently represented by the Kurbatoff Gallery in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
The Week Ahead: June 22, 2020
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