Painter James Wills was born in Longview, Washington in 1949 and currently lives and works on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Wills moved to Eugene, Oregon for studies in fine arts working in sculpture, jewelry, and painting and completed his second BA degree at the University of Oregon. He was accepted into the MFA program in Jewelry design under Max Nixon but chose to study painting under northwest painting master Frank Okada. He also studied painting with Ralph Baker, Jack Portland and other notable northwest artists. His paintings have been exhibited at galleries throughout the United States and at the Galerie MAAS in Rotterdam.