Portuguese Beach

Portuguese Beach

Located a few miles north from Bodega Bay, along the Sonoma Coast Hwy in Northern California, is a great place to visit called Portuguese Beach. I especially enjoy visiting this stretch of rugged coastline in the fall and early winter months, as the fog rolls back from the shore disappearing into the horizon, leaving winter’s gray palate behind and ushering in the blue-green hues of the ocean. The ice plant also makes its vivid appearance with radiant shades of red and gold creating a beautiful contrast of color, a scene worth capturing with brush on canvas.

Inspired by all the strong elements of vivid color and rustic shoreline in this scene I have created a large composition titled “Portuguese Beach” after its name sake. The elements of this piece carry the eye from the ice plant covered foreground, across the rocky surf, to the distant shoreline cliffs, leaving one with the sense that they have actually entered into the composition itself.

As far as seascapes go this has been one of the best impressions and expressions I have had. The experience…has been real!



PS: To inquire about this piece please leave me a message on the contact information form here on this site.




Opportunity Comes Calling

One of the hardest things to acquire as an artist is a great studio to work out of. More than three years ago I applied for studio space at Atelier One located in the heart of wine country, not far from home. It’s an old vintage 1930s brick industrial building converted into work space for artists in a small west county town known as Graton, California. This step back in history has lots of local scenery surrounding it, perfect for an artist looking to avail themselves with inspiration, all the makings for great art. Well, it was a long three-year wait, but when the opportunity came calling I jumped on it. It was quite a lovely surprise as I had long forgotten about finding any out-of-the-house space for creating art.

Now, that I have a place to work and sell my art I have many things planned for the near future close to home, such as open house tours, Art Trails, and local art-wine events. I would love for many to come and visit, so please keep in touch by checking back often for updates and coming events. You can still visit many of the galleries that my work has been selling in for years, but this new venue completes one more length to the long mile I’ve been on.

Studio Location:

Atelier One Studio 6 – SF North Bay (By Appointment Only)

2860 Bowen St. | Graton, CA 95444 | (707) 799-1188

Designer Taste

For a number of years Christie’s Staging & Design has featured my art work in some of Napa Valley’s premier homes and properties.  It is always a pleasure working with owner Christie Greenwade as she is a gracious and hard-working designer who showcases some of the most beautiful homes in this wine country region. Homeowners, real estate agents and co-designers depend on her eye for contrast and a focus on every detail to bring all elements of design together when featuring a home. I am always honored when she uses my art to highlight a setting that she has staged.

Featured in this room is one of my vineyard scenes Eastside Sunset. This original painting was a perfect choice to cast a restful feel without sacrificing the color needed to offset this room’s neutral tones. To inquire about this painting follow links to my contact form here on this site. Send me a note of inquiry and I will be sure to get back with you soon. To learn more about Christie’s Staging & Design follow links to HOUZZ Christie’s Staging & Design.

Afternoon Shadows

Afternoon Shadows | 36″ x 48″ | Acrylic on Canvas

Planning a trip in the fall to explore the eastern slopes of the Sierra’s is a great experience, and, one of the greatest benefits you can receive is walking through an Aspen grove. Each step leads you from one beautiful scene to the next, especially in the afternoons as the latter light of the day filters its way through the trees, creating lovely patterns from the tree’s shadows, as depicted in this rendition of “Golden Quakies” from last Fall’s journey to Bridgeport, California.

I do love painting the places I visit and sharing my experience with you through this medium will hopefully inspire you to make a trip. Bridgeport, California is a great place with so much to see and explore. It’s also a great family vacation spot as well. There’s lots of camping, fishing, hiking, and beauty as far as the eye can see or wherever your feet may take you. Simply put, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty around you!

So, I encourage you to go for it. Let me know what you discover!



Afternoon Shadows | 36″ x 48″ | Acrylic on Canvas

For more information on this painting contact James through the contact information form here on this site.

Into the Wilderness

For me this painting really hits home. I spent many years in my lifetime backpacking, and as I would begin any number of journeys into the mountains I always felt as if I were coming home.

Into the Wilderness | 36″ x 48″ | Acrylic on Canvas

On my recent trip to the Sierras this past fall we drove up to Glacier Lodge. This lodge was made famous by renown artist, Edgar Payne, who often stayed at the lodge and would horse-pack in from there to a group of lakes to paint in the great outdoors.

I arrived to this place in the late afternoon and hiked my way in just a bit. Standing along this trail gave me the feeling that I must come back to venture further down the trail. I wouldn’t be satisfied with just a few photos. Using the photo references of my experience from that day to create this painting left me with the same feeling I had standing on that trail, a deep desire to make it back to the wilderness and complete the journey that I was not able to finish at that time. Backpacking has a way of always stirring up a wonder of whats around the next bend in the trail, just as this painting leaves you with a feeling of what’s ahead as well!

Into the Wilderness is one of many new paintings of my latest experience in the beautiful Sierra Mountains.


It was back-to-back shows this past holiday weekend. Friday night, the 12th, Lynne and I attended Sebastopol Center for the Arts annual members show. It was a first for me at SCA, and wow, what an outstanding group of talented artists. So proud to have my work hanging at this venue. Looking forward to more events with this bunch in 2015.

On Saturday, the 13th, I headed out for Clarksburg, on the Sacramento Delta, hoping the torrents of rain wouldn’t flood the valley floor, along with the highways and byways to getting there. Fortunately, the levels remained safe and Rendevous Winery hosting the Second Saturday Art Walk was still open for business. Seems the storm didn’t keep art and wine lovers away from exploring the area.

As the featured artist I held a painting demonstration throughout the day. Meeting the public and working with the winery staff is always the best part of getting out and about for a show.

Well, I guess this brings me to the end with regard to shows for 2014. You’ll have to keep your eyes wide open for upcoming news and events as there are many opportunities this coming year. It’ll all be posted on the Events Schedule and News page tabs here on this site,

Happy Holidays to All,


Holiday Show & Sale

Jim will exhibit this beautiful oil on canvas of California’s Sonoma Coast. Please check out dates and times for 2014 Holiday Show at SCA Annual Members Show.

SCA-Holiday Show-2014

Your purchase will help to further the arts as Jim will make a 40% donation to Sebastopol Center for the Arts upon sale of this piece. Follow the link for more info on the many art programs available to our community offered through SCA.

Sebastopol Center for Arts makes ART happen in Sonoma County!

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Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 1 – 4pm
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