About me

Welcome to my website. I hope you will find inspiration and enjoyment in the paintings and activities displayed in its pages.

 

I have a B.A. Hons. degree in Fine Art and Music and an M.A. in The History of Art from Birkbeck, London.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge through Lecturing in a range of art historical subjects, teaching painting and travelling with groups abroad.

 

My paintings are inspired by my love of architecture and I try and capture the sense of a place I find whether I am sketching and drawing or working in oils and watercolours. 

 

My work has been exhibited in the UK and abroad including at the OXO Gallery on the Southbank, and the Mall Galleries in London. A number of my paintings are in public and private collections including Sir John Soane's Museum, Luton Hoo Hotel and the Shaw Collection.

" I first met James about ten years ago when I signed up for a drawing course at Sir John Soane’s Museum having not done any art since childhood.  I enjoyed it enormously as we explored the museum with James observing various artistic motifs and quirks of the architecture.  We then went to draw at Somerset House and I can remember being particularly careful with a rusticated doorway and then realising that I had got the number of stones wrong!  I confessed this to James and was surprised but delighted when he said “Don’t worry, who will know when they look at the painting!”  Subsequently when James was leading some painting courses in Italy, I joined him again and once more tried to create some masterpieces with his mantra “Be bolder” forever in my mind! Joining him again recently on Zoom has been one of my rays of sunshine in the pandemic.

"James is a delightful teacher as he gives good explanations of techniques, tempers them with anecdotes, adds references to well-known painters and usually throws in something humorous .  He is always encouraging all his students to look more closely, to try different techniques and colours and to “Be bolder!” "

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