As a child growing up in Chicago, sports became a major part of Jim’s life. He also began to develop a love for drawing. His passion for art drove him to take every available art course he could and he began to combine his love for sport and art into graphite drawings. He moved to Arizona where he continued his art studies at the Art Institute of Phoenix. He soon discovered that his work impressed others that included some of the athletes which were subjects of his renderings. Jim’s style is unique. It is a labor of love. Whether it be in the faces of the athlete or in a play on the field, the athletes emotions are depicted. This is the goal of his work, to create art that portrays the athleticism and emotion of the athletes.