Dec 06 2009
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James attended The Scots College, Sydney from 1951 to 1955 where he completed his secondary school education. During that time art became one of his favorite subjects and in his final year he won the art prize, out of a total of 176 students.
After leaving school, James returned to the family property at Yass where he embarked on a career producing super fine merino wool, lamb and beef cattle. One of James’ classmates at school had been Brett Whiteley who went on to become famous in the art world and James often thought where his ability might have taken him had his love for the land not won out. Regardless, he has always had an eye for both structural design and quality livestock and he has won numerous awards in both endeavours.
In recent years James’ wife Barb and their family have suggested he slow down a little and reduce his physical work. His typical reply of course is “I love what I am doing ”. So, for his birthday in 2007 Barb gave him a sketch pad and pencils. The forthcoming results surprised him and in no time he was joining art classes and rekindling his interest in the field of art.
“I was using soft pastel initially but am now experimenting with other medium” says James. “My undertakings so far have tended mainly towards realistic landscape, some still life and various portraits. The popularity of these has brought me several commissioned works. I have exhibited at the last two Yass Shows winning several wards at each event”.