Jim moved to
Tofino in 1976
looking to build
his dream studio and
live a life that was close
to the ocean and the industries that thrived
off of it.
Originally from California Jim came to Canada in 67 to study at the
Montreal Museum School of fine art. There his attention was directed
largely towards illustrating, painting, graphic design and layout.
After a few years Jim came west, making it to Vancouver, then moving
upcoast to Sechelt. There he experimented with subsistence living and
commercial fishing. It was then that Jim began to carve local types
of stone and was awarded with a Canada Council Bursary for this work.
At the same time Jim started to dabble in precious metal work, silversmithing,
lost wax casting and custom jewellry design. When Jim moved to Tofino
his attentions turned to acquiring the necessary skills and experience
of metallurgy, welding and structural design in order to create large
metal sculpture. In 1987 he studied with Vancouver sculpture David
Marshall at the Sculptors Institute of Capilano College. It was there
that Jim learned ceramic shell bronze casting techniques. Through the
90’s Jim spent a lot of time in Pietrasanta, Italy studying marble
carving and sculpture techniques. He worked under such artists as Cesare
Riva and Pasquale Martini. Back in North America Jim traveled across
much of the continent carving in New Mexico, Colorado and Washington
State. Jim continues to create art and continues to live here in Tofino.
Visit the Lounge Collection Art Gallery in Tofino to view Jim’s