James was born in Manchester, He went to school in South Manchester and was always interested in art spending many hours in the galleries of Manchester and Salford studying the old masters.
On leaving school he went into the building trade but in 1972 he decided to work in Cornwall for the summer season, he obviously enjoyed his visit as he still lives there today. He started painting full time in 1989. He is a keen cyclist and regularly returns to the Manchester area to cycle around taking photographs, which are often the basis for future works.
He is fast becoming one of the most collectable artists on the internet and in less than a year his prices have doubled on the open market.