Born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the fall of 1945.
He moved to California in the mid-sixties to attend Episcopal Seminary and received his Doctor of Divinity from the California School of the Pacific.
While studying for the ministry James spent the summers working as a skipper delivering boats to several Pacific Islands and Hong Kong.
After receiving his Doctorate in Theology and becoming an ordained Minister, James ran a small parish church until the early 1970’s, at which time he left the ministry and returned to school to study architecture. The years that followed found James on several paths that included apprenticeships under Paolo Soleri, Charles Eames and a stay in Japan under the stern eye of Hiroshi Hasanawa studying temple architecture. With side roads into kendo, mountaineering and ballooning, and after living and teaching art in the South West (New Mexico and Arizona) he moved to the East Coast (New York City and Cape Cod) and finally settled in mid coast Maine (Belfast) where he now works in a studio barn built in 1888 with a quiet view of Penobscot Bay, spending his time developing heliocentric sculptures. Sculptures that not only enrich our visual world but at the same time heat our buildings; light our parks and gardens and teach our children about sustainable energy.