My goal has always been to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary art through my painting.
I feel that my work on multiple layers of acrylic glass is my nexus work, in that it is singular in style, approach, application, medium, and surface and, accomplishes this goal through a unique layering process.
I like to say that these paintings have ‘five-noses’ because the work offers a variation of experience from many different perspectives; from a distance and up close, as the daylight shifts throughout your home, to the warm firelight interacting within the layers of paint at night. These paintings are alive within their environment becoming ‘living paintings’ as the shadows shift with the moving light, and light dances among the many layers. Looking into these trees is a surreal experience that is best done in person.
James was classically trained for two years in an Atelier in the Bay area, has studied abroad in France, and is a part of the Helper Artists lineage. She paints full-time, is represented by six major galleries nationally, participates in prestigious museum auctions, has received museum awards and exhibitions. Her work is in collections nationally and internationally, both public and private.