Ballantyne has been painting for over 20 years. A self-taught Auckland
artist whose main medium is oils, James loves to use vibrant colour and
loose brush strokes in his painting. You can find his paintings hanging in the Marshall Gallery in Orewa, Auckland.
James trained in 3D
animation early in his career, where he worked on TV shows, movies and
finished working in the industry as an Animation teacher with Freelance
Animation College, now called Animation College.
In 2013 James
decided to pick up the paint brush full time and focus on portraits
developing his impressionist style moving away from realism. In 2015,
James held his first art exhibition on Maori people with Tamoko tattoos.
The success of this exhibition saw James enter into The Adam Portrait
Award in 2016 where his painting was picked to be exhibited on a touring
roadshow around New Zealand.
After moving to Orewa in 2020, James switched his focus to capturing the stunning natural beauty of the many beaches that are found in the Hibiscus Coast.