Originally from Glasgow Jim graduated from Glasgow School of Art in Drawing and Painting in 1967. He trained at Jordanhill College and became a teacher becoming Principal Teacher of Art at Kilmarnock Academy. Jim left teaching in 2001 to concentrate on his painting.
Earlier development in his work led away from a concentration on form and structure to a greater awareness of surface and tendency towards stronger and purer use of colour.
“My main understanding of painting has always been through line, form and structure. Things like colour and texture for a long time had been something of a mystery. My struggle to come to grips with colour has led to an increased use of strong local colour and this in turn has led to greater experimentation with surface quality. Form and structure however, is an always present ghost – something which I frequently try to deny, but can never completely escape from.”