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Kids and Adult Art Instructor
James is an enthusiastic art educator and accomplished painter. His nurturing approach to teaching encourages his students to explore a variety of artistic mediums and techniques, while also discovering their own unique, visual language. James guides his students to express and connect what they feel internally, with the world around them, through art.
James is a resident artist in the Chashama Studio Program, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where he practices oil painting in his private art studio. In 2018, James began the Masters in Art Education program at Brooklyn College, and he will graduate in 2020. Originally from the Hudson River Valley, James earned his BFA in Painting from The Maine College of Art, where he concentrated on painting, drawing, color theory, and art history. James also worked and studied painting at the California College of Art in Oakland, California.
James’ artwork focuses on issues in our society that he believes need attention. He strives to be a steward of the environment and uses his painting practice to encourage environmental empathy. His artistic process combines direct observation with working from photographs. His artwork has a positive, engaging feeling, and James always addresses the formal aspects of making art, while expressing himself authentically on the canvas.
James’ artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout New York and California, including: The Ground Floor Gallery (Brooklyn); The Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn); The 440 Gallery (Brooklyn); The Cigar Factory (Long Island City); Spring Break Art Fair (Time Square); the New York Public Library’s Harlem, St. Agnes, and George Bruce Branches; The Back-Stage Gallery (Russian Hill, San Francisco); Art SF (The Mission District, San Francisco); and a solo exhibition at The Hotel W (SoMa, San Francisco).
James has a wonderful family, with his wife and two young boys, ages 6 and 9-years-old. He is also a practicing Judo Shodan and loves hiking in the wilderness inside and outside of NYC.