The second son of five boys, J.D. Jr., James, Jodie, Paul, and Maxie, born to J.D. and Fannie Boren, James was a well-known western artist and served as the first Art Director of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City from 1965 to 1970. After becoming a member of the Cowboy Artists of America in 1967, he went on to win 21 gold and silver medals in their annual exhibitions. He was the Texas State Artist in 1976 and was a member of the National Academy of Western Art. His work is included in many museum, corporate, and private collections throughout the country and has been exhibited in shows in Beijing and Paris.