Jim began his art career in 1973 in Vermont, making welded steel sculptures from discarded spikes and other bits of metal found along old Boston & Maine railroad tracks.
Moving to the west coast from New York in the mid-1970s, Jim opened a busy and successful restaurant in Santa Cruz, CA. Called “The Lost and Found
Cafe”, married his wife Annie and have two children. After helping to build a pottery and kiln for his wife, Jim began to explore and work with clay. He was
captured by the fluidity, the malleable challenges and possibilities of clay as a sculptural medium. Particularly as it applies to figurative work, clay lends itself to expressing the human body and other forms of nature.
It was during their almost four decades in the west that Jim realized his affinity with the aesthetics, the simplicity, of Oriental art- particularly that of Japan
and China. The thousand year-old traditions of pottery from those cultures inspired Jim to explore Zen meditation and move his art in the direction of spare naturalness, quietness. Established in Asheville for the past three years, Jim is now making sculpture that threads together the influences and experiences of his past. These Yoga
Asana tiles continue his exploration of the figure coupled with a direct simplicity.
Jim is donating 30% of the proceeds from the sales of his work to Asheville Community Yoga. Be sure you check it out in the lobby of Studio B.