Jim Dunbar was born on 18 February 1949 in Mission Mambasa, deep in the Ituri rain forest of Democratic Republic of Congo, where his parents were evangelical missionaries. He spent most of his childhood in DRC between mission stations Alambi and Mambasa, with occasional stays in UK and USA.
Jim trained in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, between 1967-1973; he took some time out of his studies to return to missionary work. Between 1977 – 1999 Jim taught in various schools in Angus, Scotland as both assistant and Principal Teacher of Art and Design. He retired from teaching and now paints full time.
Jim was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 2007 and as a full member in 2015. He served as Vice President (East) from 2009 -2012 and is still actively involved in support of the RSW. In 2013 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society and a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute. Jim is also President of the Scottish Riley Enthusiasts, a classic car club. Designing and building Riley “special” sports cars allows Jim to put his skill as a sculptor to good use in metalworking. (www.sre.gb.com).
He is married to Laura, and has three children and five grandchildren. He currently lives and works in Carnoustie, Scotland.