During August 2015 James trekked and climbed across the Alps, following, as far as was possible, in the footsteps of Edward Whymper, a nineteenth century artist and climber. In just 31 days in 1865 Whymper and his guides climbed five mountains and eleven passes. Four of those summits were first ascents including the Matterhorn, where four of his climbing partners died during the descent. James was accompanied by Jeff Colegrave who guided James across glaciers and up rock faces. On their last day they climbed to the top of Blanc de Moming. Using a specially designed light weight painting set James made studies of the mountains Whymper climbed.

    The paintings were shown at John Mitchell Fine Paintings, 44 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4GB, 12th -25th November 2015. Email: william@johnmitchell.net

    James started landscape painting at the age of eight after seeing a small oil landscape study by the artist John Constable at the Victoria and Albert Museum. After leaving the Royal College of Art in 1992, having finished an MA in architecture, James decided to become a professional painter. Initially he painted commissioned paintings of country houses however it was not long before he was setting out on painting expeditions across the Himalayas, Alps and Atlas Mountains. In 2005 James discussed his experiences of painting in the Himalayas with Libby Purves on Midweek, BBC Radio Four.