Born in Taunton Somerset in 1972, Jim attended Portsmouth College of Art. After a period of travel throughout America and Australia he commenced painting full-time in 2002 and has had considerable success since then. Jim's work is inspired by the American realist school. "The painting process always begins with a photograph. From a substantial collection of digital images, I will make a composite picture. I could for example have a street scene containing interesting figures and backgrounds that have been taken from a number of different situations - this allows me to create a definite composition which I sketch on to a panel and then the painting begins. I like to focus on contemporary ...