Born in a small town, Wadesboro, North Carolina, USA, 1952; two years at The University of the South, Sewanee; then earning a BA in Studio Art at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
A two year apprenticeship at the Johnson Atelier in Princeton, New Jersey provided renaissance style training in the techniques of sculpture by working alongside major artists on large scale projects.
Emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand in 1981 to help set up Art Works Studio, a sculpture foundry, leaving in 1989 to work full time on own projects: exhibiting sculpture and drawings; accepting commissions; making objects for different industries; teaching summer schools; sculpture tutor at Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland; and department head on Lord of the Rings.
Exhibiting since 1979, seven solo shows and many group exhibitions in NZ and Internationally. Work held in The British Museum (UK), The Weatherspoon Art Gallery (USA). Auckland Museum, James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland Botanic Gardens and Zealandia (NZ). Member of the International Sculpture Center, Tri-State Sculptors (USA), Federation Internationale de la Medaille (Paris); Medal Artists New Zealand The Drawing Group, Artist’s Alliance (NZ).
Jim lives in Auckland with is wife and two children.