“Whimsical” is the word most often associated with James’ exuberant
paintings with their distinctive glyph borders. In the Aschbacher universe, fish
float in the sky, animals dance and people fly among the stars. Aschbacher says,
“Art is a chance to make magic.”
Besides his gallery painting, James has painted 3 public murals as well as 10
school murals, working with elementary students at local schools in Santa Cruz County.
In 2005, James received a Gail Rich Award, along with his wife, Lisa Jensen, for
their contributions to the Santa Cruz Arts Community.