Portrait“I paint to enhance the enjoyment of fine automobiles.”

“There is something about an automobile. They move you, literally and figuratively. You get inside them, but they also get inside you. Cars are in my blood.”

James Owens was born and educated in Detroit Michigan, The Motor City, to a family that had been building cars since 1926.

After graduating with a B.A. in illustration from The Center for Creative Studies he embarked on a miss-spent youth in the advertising business. W.B. Doner, J. Walter Thompson and Campbell Ewald are just a few of the agencies for which James provided automotive illustrations.

Channeling his love for classic automobiles and inspired by the illustrators of the golden era, he taught himself to oil paint, something that was not possible in the modern ad business due to short deadlines.

“My mission is to create a personal, visual interpretation of the finest automobiles. To express the beauty of automotive shapes and forms in fresh new ways.”

James makes his home in Mesa Arizona and drives a 1952 Hudson Coupe.

“Internationally recognized, his work shows in galleries from Los Angeles to Melbourne, New York to Tokyo, and has even been used in Hollywood motion pictures. His work has been featured in magazines in France, Italy, Spain and Australia as well as the U.S.”