James Hajicek graduated from the School of Representational Art and furthered his studies with Dan Gerhartz, David Leffel and Steven Assael. He has taught plein air painting, artistic anatomy, portrait and figure drawing. James has taught at the Highland Park Arts Center, Peninsula School of Art, and teaches popular drawing classes at the Palette and Chisel.
Some past and present memberships include Oil Painters of America, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Hoosier Salon, South Shore Art League and the Plein Air Painters of Chicago. He has participated in many regional and prestigious national plein air competitions, including the Plein Air Los Gatos (CA), Plein Air Estes Park (CO), and Plein Air Easton (MD).