Brittany James graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA and painting concentration in 2009. As a Jersey Shore native, James began painting in Island Heights and was inspired by the beauty of her surroundings. Nature has always been a big influence in her work and continues to be today. All of James’ paintings are derived from a combination of photo references and imagined scenes from dreams to create the surreal images she paints. She is experienced in oil painting, acrylic murals, performance art, charcoal drawing, pastel, life drawing, printmaking, and sculpture.
In addition to painting, James teaches art classes for children and teens at Inspired Minds Fine Art School in Lincroft. She also teaches painting classes for adults at art629 Gallery in Asbury Park and runs an open studio for local artists.
James has painted live on stage at the State Theater in New Brunswick and the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park during Glen Burtnik’s British Invasion shows, and was part of a performance art piece during the Summer of Love concert at Count Basie Theater in Red Bank NJ. She has been a muralist and featured artist for the Asbury Underground Art & Music Crawl, and has shown her work in several New Jersey galleries including Torche Gallery in Belmar, Art629 Gallery in Asbury Park, and George Segal Gallery in Montclair. She was recently commissioned to paint a very large mural in Keansburg NJ, which can be seen on Main Street.