James Ehlers was born in Lake Charles, LA on September 28, 1976. He studied at the University of Florida, Bradley University and McNeese State University. He has exhibited in Bulgaria, Canada, Poland, Norway, Romania, The Republic of Macedonia and in shows across the United States. He has also taught at Illinois Central College, University of Florida, Lamar University and McNeese State University. From 2005 to 2007 he also worked at Knight Media, Inc. as marketing director and designer. Currently, he is the Engraving Arts Professor at Emporia State University.
His work is in the collections of the University of Wisonsin-Parkside, Bradley University, The Kansas City Art Insitute, Bradley University, the Engraving Museum of Douro, Alijo - Portugal, Lisa Helfrich-Jackson (Executive Producer of Television Sitcom "Every Body Loves Raymond") and Chet Tomczyk (President and CEO of WTVP, Peoria, IL).