James Luer was born in Sarasota, Florida in 1980. Showing artistic promise at a young age, his mother enrolled him in classes at the Ringling College of Art and Design while he was still in elementary school. In later years, he continued at Ringling and studied anatomy and sculpture with Wilfred Stedman, M.D. He has also studied with Steven Assael, Douglas Flynt, Kate Lehman, Robert Liberace, and Nelson Shanks. Luer is also passionate about science and has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a graduate degree in Medicine.
Inspired by the example of 17th century Dutch, German, and Italian artists, I use fluid handground paint on a metallic support to create my portrait paintings. Using copper or steel as a support for the painting renders a level of detail, brilliance, and permanence not possible with canvas. The luminosity of the metallic surface and the technical use of color and texture combine to convey the illusion of life. This immediacy of life allows the transposition of the humanity and the personality of the subject into each painting.