James Plumb received a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and later an MFA from Brooklyn College where he studied with artists Lennart Anderson and Philip Pearlstein. As well, James took as many art history classes as he was able to fit into his studio schedule. In 2001, he was one of 20 students selected from worldwide applications to attend postgraduate studies at the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University where the emphasis was on the materials and methods of the 16th and 17th century European artists. This led to a great appreciation, not only of the illusions created by these artists, but also of the symbolism that enriches so much of their work. Plumb feels that many of the concepts, so peotically expressed through the visual relationships in these paintings are just as valid today as these ideas have a universal, timeless appeal that crosses cultural boundaries, producing symbolic parallels. Plumb worked as the curator of exhibitions at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland from 1978-1982. He then began teaching art history at Chesapeake College, becoming a full time professor as well as department head, teaching both studio and art history courses. James Plumb resides outside of Easton and his work has been shown nationwide, won numerous awards in juried exhibitions, and is in many private collections including The Academy Art Museum.