In his early thirties, he began a long career as a college labor studies and psychology professor at San Jose City College. He took advantage of the college’s art program and enrolled in art classes taught by several notable Bay Area artists including Joe Zirker, Eve Page-Mathias and Luis Gutierrez. From his downtown Santa Cruz studio Jim now produces work that has earned him a spot as a Santa Cruz Open Studios artist beginning in 2006 to the present. His work has won awards in major painting competitions in the San Francisco Bay Area and in New York City. In 2016 the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History purchased one of his works as part of an exhibit celebrating the geology of the Big Sur Coast. A recent piece of his public art features the endangered Santa Cruz Tarplant that grows in a meadow near his home in Santa Cruz.
Studied with the following San Jose City College Art faculty