James Lear - Principal & Creative Director

An award-winning creative director, designer and photographer, James wields over twenty years of experience in design, advertising, marketing, photography, website development and print technologies. After launching his first advertising agency in 1989, James went on to master the printing industry; thus providing clients with an exceptional array of design and color printing knowledge. In 1999 James partnered with Nichole Lear to create the revolutionary team of 45 Degrees North. With over two hundred identity designs to his credit, and numerous state, regional and national accolades, James continues to spend countless hours researching and reviewing new methods, styles and trends. National and International clients include Pentair, Everpure, Caterpillar, Field and Stream, SRI Global with design projects for Hard Rock Café and Costco-Kirkland, Outdoor Gear and CGS International. Local clients include Northern Lights, Streamline and Skyline, HRDC, Madison River Brewing Co., Covered Wagon Ranch and the Clintons Band. Additionally, James is a member on the Yellowstone Country Tourism Board of Directors.