“The study of plants, animals, and people has filled my sketchbooks and studio shelves for many years. I continue to be amazed and surprised by nature. In spite of my continued fascination with and enjoyment of nature’s wonders, I have never been very interested in making “sculptural likenesses”.
I have emphasized, cropped, simplified, distorted, and otherwise altered the subjects, choosing to interpret rather than report. My finished works are often influenced as much by process as by subject matter. Most of my work draws upon traditional materials – clay, bronze, marble, and wood. On more than one occasion I have used a bronze or clay sculpture, which I found especially interesting, as a maquette for a larger work in stone or wood. The piece invariably changes with the new scale and materials – some forms seem to suggest, or even demand, a certain media. Stone, wood and bronze pieces take weeks or months to complete – form, space, texture, movement, must be calculated, worked and reworked – each layer of consideration is used to bring a piece to its logical conclusion.” Jim earned both his Bachelor of Art Education and his Master of Art in Sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA