Watercolour artist Dwayne James lives in Peterborough, Ontario where he paints as often as he can, that is when he's not spending time with his teen-aged daughter, young twin boys, and wife Sarah.
Dwayne studied archaeology in University, and as a result learned how to write creatively. "The most important skill I learned in University," he says, "was the ability to pretentiously write about myself in the third person."
With no formal art training, Dwayne has always preferred the self-guided, experimental approach. In fact, he taught himself how to illustrate archaeological artifacts while completing his Master's degree at Trent University. Said his thesis supervisor at the time: "There might not be much in the way of coherent theoretical content in Dwayne's thesis, but damn, it looks pretty!"
Dwayne had played with watercolours a little in his life, but it has only been in the last few years that he truly began to experiment and develop his style. An avid paddler and wilderness nut, it's natural that most of Dwayne's paintings should reflect this passion.
After spending close to a decade as a technical communicator at IBM, Dwayne opted to look at their Jan 2009 decision to downsize him as an opportunity to become a stay-at-home Dad for his young twins, and pursue his painting and creative writing whenever they allow him to do so. It is a decision that continues to make him giggle with wild abandon to this very day.
Most recently, Dwayne proudly reached a personal milestone by writing a book for young adults called Princess Etheria and the Battling Bucks. While he's in the process of illustrating it (many of the images are available for sale here), you can download your own digital copy for free at www.princessetheria.com.
For even more information about Dwayne, including some more examples of his varied skills, visit his web portfolio, www.dwaynerjames.com.