Born in Belfast to a family with painting traditions, James Humbert Craig was raised in County Down and kept a studio at Cushendun, County Antrim. Craig initially pursued a career in business but gave this up for his passion with the arts. He briefly attended the Belfast School of Art but was mostly self-taught. His paintings of landscapes reflected his love of the views from Donegal, Connemara and the Glens of Antrim. Elected to the Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1928, Craig gained notice for his work through his exhibitions with the Fine Art Society. His work is remembered now through the Crawford Art Gallery and at Gormley’s Fine Art.