James Floyd Clymer was born in Perkasie, Pennsylvania in 1893. Clymer was an avid painter who spent his artistic career in New England, living in Provincetown, Massachusetts in the 1920s and eventually settling in the Hudson Valley, New York in the 1940s. He was known for his watercolors, emphasizing form and color.
Clymer studied at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and was a member of the local Provincetown Art Association as well as the Beachcombers’ Club. During his career, he exhibited his works extensively during the 1920s and 1930s. He showed his paintings at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art from 1924 to 1933 and at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1926, 1932, 1934, and 1937, as well as at the prestigious Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC from 1932 to 1941.