Jim Shore grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of artistic parents who instilled a love of the traditional imagery of American folk art. His grandmother was a master quilter who taught him an appreciation for the patience and skill required to bring intricate designs to life. Jim drew inspiration from these roots. “There’s an innocence, a purity in the designs found in early American art, particularly in quilts. These were masterpieces designed by artists driven to create. I collect quilts dating back over 150 years and when I look at the level of skill and creativity I am constantly amazed. It's high art from everyday, often humble surroundings.” Initially Jim pursued his art where and when he could. He studied engineering and received a degree in business, not art. He supported his young family as an engineer, honing his skills as a sculptor and painter in his spare time.
Jim has perfected his unique style, combining elements of folk art with a vibrant color pallet applied to traditional themes. To Jim, Santa Claus isn’t just a character, he’s a canvas to be painted. Taking designs derived from quilting, rosemaling, appliqué and flat perspective folk art, Jim created an authentic new work of art rooted in a shared heritage dating back generations. “I can’t imagine myself ever tiring of this,” Jim says of his distinctive combination of themes and motifs. “I create multiple designs within each new piece, a combination of basic structure and elements that keep the eye and mind moving. It creates an energy that keeps me inspired.”
Jim Shore at an Artist Signing Event at Salem Creek