James has been self employed producing hand drawn maps for some fifteen years. "Born in Plymouth, he has spent most of his life in rural Morayshire. From an early age, he exhibited a keen eye and love for the natural world as well as an admiration for designed landscapes.

Graduating in geography from Durham University, James went on to gain a masters degree in landscape design at Newcastle University. Coming from an artistic family he has followed in the footsteps of his mother who won several awards for her botanical illustrations. In April 2016 he featured in the Financial Times article, The art of hand drawn map-making by Emma Crichton-Miller.

In this age of computer-generated clinical images James has developed his own style of attractive, hand-drawn maps of estates and gardens as they are today. He creates a unique and personal record, collaborating closely with clients to develop line drawings and vignettes to personalise each piece of work.

James is the District Organiser for Scotlands Garden Scheme Moray and Nairn. He is also a photographer and exhibits his photographs to raise funds for various charities."

“James encapsulated the features
of the property and the family
connection beautifully.”

Martin and Petronella Haldane, Gleneagles

“You have done a superb job which I am delighted with"

Professor Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith

"The Map is wonderful and all the staff - as have we - have loved the journey of its making and we are all thrilled with the result”

Charlotte Brudenell, Deene Park

"The drawing went down a storm - you did a wonderful job and it's a lovely thing to have"

Emma Mackenzie, Glenkyllachy

"I am so pleased with this beautiful map that James has done for us"

Reggie Heyworth, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens