Jim Buckels studied at the University of North Iowa where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Art and began his career as a freelance illustrator. His work appeared in the literary journals North American Review and Business Week as well as Playboy and Better Homes and Gardens. By the 1980's he tired of the commercial illustrating business and turned his attention toward exhibiting and art publications to showcase his work. In 1987 he started working with Newbury Fine Art, which still publishes his work today. Buckels is best known for his visionary vistas and fantastic architectural details which offer the viewer respite from reality.