"His scenes are really breathtaking... his paintings really take you inside them. You want to go in them and stay there and spend the rest of your life in his paintings." - Liana Voia - Interview 2012
James Gummerson has devoted the majority of his life to drawing and painting. For over twenty five years, he has depicted the natural and rural landscapes of Canada. His art has been displayed in major galleries across Canada including The Art Gallery Of Hamilton, The Focus Gallery Hamilton, The McNaught Gallery, The Dundas Heritage Museum and Emerald Arts Gallery British Columbia to name a few. He has won numerous awards including winning the 2014 landscape excellence award at AIRS.
Over the years his work has been featured in major publications such as the Hamilton Spectator, The Silhouette, McMaster Magazine and BARC (The Bay area Restoration Council) Blog.
He is a respected teacher of Art at Mohawk College, and is appreciated by many children he teaches throughout the public school system. He continues to travel throughout Canada and spends most of his time painting in and around Hamilton and the Niagara Escarpment where he lives with his wife and 2 children.
In my current work, I explore the urban landscape and its relationship with nature. The paintings hope to show our deep need for naturalistic surroundings regardless of concrete and steel and show how nature penetrates even the most dense of concrete jungles. I love to show the back alley’s canopy of overgrown bushes and weeds. The wildflowers growing out of cracks in the walkways, and how trees surround the entire landscape. As in other paintings of my past, I continue to explore the relationship between nature and human existence.