James Preston was born in Birmingham, he moved to Duffield aged 16, where he studied History of Art at Derby Art college. After graduation with a degree in art history, his great love of music spurred him on to embark on a European Rock tour. During those months on the road he sketched avidly, and it was this experience that led him to conclude that painting was his first love although he still plays with his band at every opportunity.
He lives in Holbrook, and is constantly inspired by the beauty and the light of the surrounding countryside. He produces work in oils in an impressionist style of the local area, plus the many places he travels to. His work is recognised internationally, and sells as far away as the Triumph Gallery in Tokyo, Zurich, Milan , and Ibiza, also through De Montfort Fine Art.
Despite his years of experience, James is still inspired by the sheer beauty of the countryside around him, and he has a tremendous eye for interpreting scenes of rural Britain. Working on location he likes to produce a variety of preliminary sketches before finally capturing a piece; this attention to detail gives his work a unique accuracy and realism.
James paints directly from the countryside. Most location landscape painters are happy to rework and complete a painting once they are back in their studio, but James prefers to return to the landscape until he has completed the work in its entirety.