James Schmidt was born in New York City in July 1980. He is best known for his mixed media paintings rich in color and texture. James works with a variety of media including but not limited to acrylics, marker, paper, bone, wood, metal, and plaster. His abstracts often have organic themes and strong marks. James weaves textural elements and builds sculptural components into his work. He is influenced by the classics, street arts, pop art and other modern styles. James has exhibited in various galleries in New York City and has work in private collections. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.