Jim hails from the bonny banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland where he captured the beauty of his idyllic surroundings with his paintings. His inspiration was Scottish castles, mountains, Scottish heather and the mist on the sea. After studying for a time at the Glasgow School of Art he worked with various art studios in Glasgow.
On arrival in Canada he worked in graphic design for a number of years at IBM. Jim quickly switched careers and worked with a well-known Toronto decorative artisan studio as their in-house colour and conceptual consultant.
Now Jim Connelly owns Jim Connelly Studios and is recognized as one of Canada's top decorative paint finishing experts. Best known to Canadian audiences for his painting skills on four seasons of the popular Debbie Travis Facelift TV series, he made an immediate mark with his expertise and fun loving approach. In addition, he has been a guest expert on other TV programs, including Debbie Travis’ Painted House, Steven and Chris, The Designer Guys, CityLine,and Downright Domestic among others. He is also sought out as a celebrity judge and guest expert at interior design and home shows.
Recognized for his exquisite custom wall treatments, hand painted furniture finishes and commissioned art work, Jim has worked with some of Toronto's top interior designers, matching their vision with brilliant wall and furniture treatment concepts.