James graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1973 with a BFA in Graphic Design, Painting, and Photography. He kicked off his career as a professional artist in 1974 as an Art Director for WPSX-TV in State College, PA.
In addition to painting, James leads annual workshops at Hameau Studios in Belleville, PA, and in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the Meg Munro Gallery and Studio. He also teaches painting at The Mesa Arts Center and The Chandler Gilbert Community College.
James holds signature memberships with the American Watercolor Society (AWS), National Watercolor Society(NWS), National Acrylic Painters Association (NAPA), Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFS), and the Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA).