Sky TVs 'Cruising with the Stars' The Travelling Artist
James Gray began his art training in oils in Scotland at the age of 6 under the tutoring of Scottish Impressionist artist J.Mowatt and held his first exhibition at seven years old. For many years he taught as a senior lecturer in FC Colleges and is still art tutor for establishments such as Alston Hall and Lancashire College, but for the past fifteen years he has tutored his own Arts Groups in Southport and run Art holidays in the UK.
He also teaches art onboard the worlds top ocean cruise ships, the P&O line and has travelled extensively throughout the world visiting and painting exotic locations. For part of the year he uses his motorhome as a travelling studio to paint exotic locations as he travels the UK. In the 1990s he was invited by the Israeli Government to tour Israel following which he produced his own 'Hold Lands' exhibition which toured the UK for some years. He works in a variety of media as a freelance artist, demonstrates and gives talks to Art Societies. From spending years in the 80's painting the sea and rocky coastline of Scotland, Wales and Cornwall, his work has become well known for its realism and dedication to detail. His paintings have been exhibited in many galleries and exhibitions including the Armed Forces Museum in London and are hung in the Wardrooms of Naval and RAF establishments. They are also in demand by private patrons in Britain, USA and in Countries as diverse as Switzerland, Australia and Israel. They are also included in the collections of Her Royal Highness the Queen, Lord Fearn, Lady Pilkington, Dr Enrique Madrigal, Costa Rica, and the Prince of Thailand.
He occasionally writes articles for The Leisure Painter, The Artist and the Readers Digest and also illustrates books including his own 'Artist in the Holy Lands', 'In the steps of Moses', 'Cruising the Mediterannean', 'The Home of the Little Red Frog', 'Church Chuckles' and 'The Painted Gospels' and has produced work for companies such as STL in USA.