Jim was born in Glasgow in 1945 and spent much of his youth in Ayrshire. He trained as an Engineering draughtsman and from an early age found great inspiration in Architectural subjects. This led to a Limited Edition Series of Architectural prints taken from a collection of of thirty original watercolours potraying the granduer of the City of Glasgow. Living in Scotland with its diversity of beauty, made it easy for him to expand his love of painting. This can be seen in his collection of Limited Edition prints, capturing the quaint picturesque fishing villages and harbours of the coastal areas around Britain. Jim paints generally in watercolour although he has adapted another technique using acrylics. In 1996, Jim joined the Fine Art Trade Guild and later opened his own gallery near Glasgow.