James Fenwick Lansdowne was born in1937 in Hong Kong but grew up in Victoria, British Columbia.
His first show was at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1956.
Lansdowne's was a self-taught artist, often painting in watercolours. His subject was wildlife, and is recognized for his paintings of amazing life-like birds.
His work has been presented to members of the British Royal Family by the Government of Canada. In 1976, Lansdowne was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia and in 1974, he was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
He died in 2008.