Booth Number: 703

Discipline: Mixed Media

Location: Placerville, CA


About the Artist:

Having no formal art training, Jim began his art career by creating daVinci type airplanes and helicopters from metal, then graduating to elaborate old western town wall scenes, and mining town scenes on large pieces of driftwood. During this same period, Jim began collecting a few architectural items and a small amount of barn wood, which led him to creating a display cabinet.

The cabinet caught the eyes of a friend who commissioned him to make a small night stand. Having no idea what he would use for legs, he happened upon some claw foot bathtub legs in the gold country town of Murphy’s California. The legs were a perfect touch and the hunt was now on for further items.

The results inspired him to acquire copious amounts of barn wood as well as architectural elements, and create what you see today. Travels through hundreds of antique stores, flea markets, salvage yards, and, yes, auto salvage yards, on both coasts, Mexico, Canada, and New Zealand have resulted in the acquisition of assorted finials, pulls, locks, tins, cast iron elements, hinges, raised door panels, and heater vents.