James Owens grew up in Detroit with family members involved in the "industry" so you could say James has been around cars his entire life. However his automotive journey really started when he decided on the Center for Creative Studies to study for a BA in illustration before transitioninto into the field of commercial advertising. After a long successful career James needed a change of direction, moved out of Detroit to Knoxville, Tennessee where he started acting this move to acting eventually led to a move to Los Angeles. It was during his time in Los Angeles and between auditions James decided to start painting and spurred by the esthetic of the late forties, fifties and sixties he set off on a path to create his own style of fine art. James has been lucky enough to have his paintings in galleries around the world.