Some say art imitates life. In the case of James Stanford, it is difficult to separate his life from his art. He is a native of Las Vegas. He is a classically trained artist. He is a teacher of the arts. He is a patron of the arts. He is a Bodhisattva Zen practitioner. He is a tall, handsome, and graceful man, and his gentle manner is engaging. His knowledge of and passion for the arts are nothing short of enthralling.