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. James aims to create paintings that bridge the traditional and contemporary gap, with the pendulum swinging from earth tones to lively and vivid paint hues. Her work includes oil on canvas or linen as well as layered acrylic paintings, always with a theme consisting of her love for trees and our western landscape.
"Trees know from a seed what they are to become, and everything they are to be serves this purpose without hesitation. Trees remind us to grab hold of our roots; that we are not separate, but One."