James started landscape painting at the age of eight after seeing a small oil study by John Constable. Constable has remained a key influence on his work although unlike Constable, James has sort to paint more extreme landscapes, undertaking some grueling painting expeditions in the Himalayas, Alps and Atlas Mountains. The paintings shown here where exhibited at John Mitchell Fine Paintings in 2011.
‘Hart Dykes’ ability to capture the essence of the landscape and the fleeting effects of light and colour place him firmly among the best of the British school of ‘plein air’ painters.’ The Art Newspaper. International Edition 2004
Also see country house paintings