ARTIST STATEMENT


Throughout his ten year Navy, and twenty year engineering career Jim has always looked for ways to give free rein to his artistic side.From watercolors to furniture making, metal engraving to wood carving, he has relentlessly persued a medium that allowed him to be creative and to make a personal statement.

In the mid-nineties, what began as a casual hobby of paperweight collecting soon became an obsession. As his appreciation of finer paperweights grew, and his budget did not, he began to believe that perhaps he could actually make these jewels himself. In 1999 he enrolled at Tennessee Technological University, in the glass program, under the tutelage of Curtiss Brock. Since then, he has progressed rapidly, learning the various techniques used in the paperweight field.

He will be the first to admit that he has a long way to go to reach the goals he set for himself. Being inspired by the classical English, French and Italian masters, he will not be content to make mediocre paperweights. Jim creates millifiori paperweights with a multitude of varied and interesting Canes. Most of his paperweights have strong vivid colors. Even though the influence is marked from his love of the Old English, Jim is quickly creating his own style.

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