Born in Toronto, Ontario, James A. Long's journey as an artist began when he was old enough to hold a pencil. His eye for detail had soon caught the notice of his grade-school teachers, and by his high school years, James was well on his way to defining his photo-realistic style, which has made him famous today.
James is a completely self-taught artist who found inspiration in an unlimited number of topics — from landscapes to industrial images to the human form. After graduating from architectural technology in 1992, James moved to eastern Canada to work in this profession. It wasn't long before he found this limiting artistically and decided to leave this career to begin a new one in fine art. His instincts brought him right back to a source of great passion in his life — hockey! Working almost exclusively with acrylics, James has painted many famous athletes such as Felix Potvin, Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, Mats Sundin, Borje Salming, Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour and even the Hanson Brothers of "Slapshot" fame. James has also turned his hand to custom goalie mask painting, something he finds very rewarding and has done for clients as far away as Los Angeles, California.
It is James' photo-realistic style that is his trademark, and has earned him his little niche in the art world. He is comfortably seated amongst some of the best sports artists in the world. His varied experiences in drawing everything from comic strip art to detailed architectural renderings have made James the artist he is today. His passion for his work is something the viewer can sense immediately upon looking at any of his pieces.
"I try to bring the emotion and energy I feel or sense in a subject into my images. I decide what intrigues me most about a subject, and then begin the task of relaying this theme to the viewer. I am a perfectionist. I cannot put a painting aside as done unless I know I can look at that image later in life and feel it displays my best work."
James' artwork is part of public and private collections worldwide, and each of his pieces is eagerly awaited. He has refined himself an artistic style at such a young age, that he has decades to build on his own work and become one of Canada's best.