James Wiens in his studio

“Nature is where I am truly inspired”

James Wiens is an avid lifelong outdoors man, having grown up and settled in British Columbia surrounded by dramatic mountains and rivers. His artwork, primarily oil painting, reflects his love of nature and landscapes.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: My grandmother used to tell my grandpa as he went out to work on the farm, “Work hard, John”. That stuck with me; always work hard, always do your very best. I also learned from that if you aren’t the best at something, outwork the guy who is better!

Q: What is the most important thing in your studio to you?

A: The most important thing in my studio? Hmmm, well my studio is SUPER important to me for starters! I have probably the nicest working environment of any artist I’ve ever met so I better not complain! Very hard to pick just one thing.

Q: If you could fly anywhere for free, where would you go?

A: The older I get the more I do not care where it is I go as long as it’s warm and the food is good!