Jim believes an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and animal habits are very important qualities for an animal sculptor. He was born and raised on a cattle ranch in southern Colorado, where he continues to live. While growing up, he developed an early love for western and cowboy culture, as well as the mountains and the wildlife that inhabit them. Combining this fascination with a life-long interest in art, Jim went from cattle rancher to full-time sculptor in 1985.
Jim's compositions and attention to the smallest details have been rewarded by acceptance into hundreds of art shows and exhibitions throughout the United States. His efforts have been rewarded by repeat Best of Show awards at Safari Club International, the National Wildlife Art Show, and the NatureWorks Art Show. He has been commissioned to sculpt monumental sculptures by many individuals, universities, cities, and organizations, including Baylor University, Adams State College, NatureWorks, the city of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and the city of Black Hawk, Colorado