James paints exclusively on Ampersand Claybord. This product has been produced for artists with a Kaolin clay coated on one side of a hardboard.
“This product is perfect for my style of painting. It provides a very hard smooth surface ideal for rendering intricate detail. Most importantly the hard surface ensures that the lustre of paint is maintained, critical in representing the beautiful bright and sometimes iridescent colours of Australian wildlife”.
“Acrylics are my choice of paint. Acrylic paint suits my style of painting. Its fast drying time means I can get on with detailing fairly quickly and where the paint can be applied as a thick opaque layer or as a transparent wash or tint.”
James composes every painting as uniquely as possible. So you will never find two paintings that are similar. Every aspect of each painting is completely derived from his own reference. Over the years James has successfully taught himself to render everything from fine and weathered textures of timber, rough rusty old steel farm implements, to soft green rainforest mosses and beautifully backlit eucalypt leaves. Feathers and fur require the same detailed and realistic rendering as do his backgrounds and props. “Every animal has different fur or hair type. So it is a continual challenge, as it is with feathers, to do justice to the particular subject”.