In 2018 James was commissioned to make a painting for the 101 Royal Artillery Northumberland Regiment. He visited the training ranges in Northumberland to make studies of the rocket launchers on live firing exercises. The resulting painting ‘Shoot and Scoot’ was unveiled at a dinner at the headquarters in Newcastle in spring 2019. 

James painting in helicopter over Baghdad


In 2006 and 2007 James travelled to Helmand, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq embedded with the British Army. The sketchbook that he produced became the focus for a feature article in The Times. James has been commissioned to make paintings by a number of British Regiments including the Grenadier Guards, 22 SAS, The Black Watch, The Rifles and The Royal Artillery.

Painting trip to Edale with Dougie 2018 

 Art in the Aftermath Exhibition 2018

For six months in 2018 James mentored Dougie Adams, a soldier wounded in Afghanistan, who had set out to become a professional artist.  Dougie is part of a group of ex service personel who are being helped by the charity Style for Soldiers, set up by Emma Willis in 2007. Their work was exhibited at a high profile exhibition in Central London in November 2018 called ‘Art in the Aftermath’. Dougie sold all his work and received numerous commissions. Read more.