James has painted off and on most of his life. In the 1990s he attended Corcoran School of Art classes to sharpen his oil painting skills. This included copyist privileges in the Gallery evenings. With the onset of the pandemic lockdown, James reenergized his love of painting by beginning a new direction in his art. If he couldn’t travel he could at least reminisce by painting scenes from reference photos taken on his trips. This genre has continued to be his principal focus. All his paintings are oil on masonite board; and all are 9”x12”. This smaller format offers new challenges in representational painting. James aspires to resonate with a viewer’s wanderlust; to demonstrate technical proficiency with the medium; and to otherwise follow Winslow Homer’s advice, “Try to put down exactly what you see. Whatever else you have to offer will come out anyway.'