“I am a visual storyteller. I am here capturing infatuation before the magic escapes and showing ephemeral as part of permanence. Making aesthetic interpretation in fine art according to taste then delivering it in its most immediate and pure visual representation with attention to personal influences about sustainable aesthetic value.”

James was born in Wheaton, Maryland and now resides in rural Poolesville, MD. He attended the Corcoran School of Art, Montgomery College, and the University of Maryland.

He has developed a drawing technique with pen and ink of candid images showing public places that exemplify modern culture.

He chooses mediums depending on the subject. His paintings are of many subject matters. His art transforms the ordinary into revealing objects of interest.

James has participated in many communities’ art programs. He became President of the Montgomery Art Association after serving as Vice President.

Click here to see a video of James’s painting process and teaching philosophy.

Current and Upcoming Classes


Onsite Basic Drawing $305
James Vissari
Su, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM


Onsite Learning to Draw and Paint $240.00
James Vissari
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Onsite Basic Drawing $240.00
James Vissari
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Offsite Paint Perspective en Plein Air at the C&O Canal Workshop $200.00
James Vissari
W, Th, 9:30 AM-3:00 PM

Offsite Paint with Passion en Plein Air on the C&O Canal Workshop $200.00
James Vissari
W, Th, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM


Onsite Paint with Passion en Plein Air on the C&O Canal Workshop $200.00
James Vissari
W,Th, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

Onsite Color Theory $240.00
James Vissari
Sa, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Onsite Composition $240.00
James Vissari
Sa, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM