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 cum laude 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 and on large scale projects.
Emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand in 1981 to help set up Art Works Studio and to re-establish bronze sculpture casting in New Zealand. Began in 1989 to work full time on own projects i.e. 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.
Professionally exhibiting since 1979; solo shows starting 1982 with numerous group exhibitions in NZ and Internationally. Work held in The British Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum (UK); The Vice Chancellor's Award collection, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (USA); Auckland Museum, James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland Botanic Gardens (NZ). Member of the International Sculpture Center, Tri-State Sculptors (USA), Federation Internationale de la Medaille (Paris); Medal Artists New Zealand.
Jim lives in Auckland with is wife Bunny has two children and two grandchildren.