Gordon C. James



Born in Washington, DC and raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, Gordon C. James has been pursuing an art career ever since attending high school at Suitland Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Forestville, Maryland. From there he went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from School of Visual Arts in New York City. 


After a national search in 1997, Gordon was one of only two full-time illustrators hired to work for Hallmark Cards, Inc. As an award winning fine artist Gordon works to achieve the highest level of craftsmanship and beauty. These qualities have led to his paintings being featured in International Artist Magazine and his work being part of the Paul R. Jones Collection at the University of Alabama. He brings these same sensibilities to the table when creating his illustrative work.


Gordon’s illustrations are soulful, emotive and technically sound. He works hard so that we know how the characters look and most importantly exactly how they feel.  As a testament to these qualities his illustrations were part of an exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, North Carolina. He is the illustrator for Crown: an Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, and Patricia McKissack’s Scraps of Time series. Among the many awards James has received for his work are Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honors as well as a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. 


Gordon lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Ingrid and their two children Astrid and Gabriel.  He is proud to create beautiful works of art that help to tell stories and bring books to life.




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