Jim Less was born in Clinton, Iowa on April 17, 1951.
Shortly after receiving a degree in chemistry from Michigan Tech University, Jim emigrated to Canada.
When Jim first got to the country he wanted to do some exploring, and in the summer of 1974 Jim and I met an old bush pilot named Ralph Hathaway, then living on Vancouver Island. He told us about a place called Trout Lake in the middle of the Selkirk Mountains of the southern Interior of British Columbia. Once there we traveled up the road alongside the Lardeau Creek to Ferguson, a community which had thrived in the early years of the Twentieth Century until the price of silver collapsed in the wake of World War I. Afterwards, the place became a ghost town, reduced to a mere seven buildings still standing with the townsite mostly meadow surrounded by forest and mountains. It is here that Jim settled and made his home.
Jim took teaching jobs away from Ferguson, in Prince Rupert, Mt. Currie, Revelstoke, the Okanagan, and various other locations in British Columbia, but as time went on he was able to devote more and more of his life to painting.
During the last years of his life Jim exhibited at galleries in Nelson, Revelstoke, Banff, and Calgary.
Jim died in Calgary, Alberta on April 4, 1995.