Jim's poems and illustrations have been featured in numerous books and magazines and have been honored by the Society of Illustrators, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

 

Jim lives with his youngest son in upstate New York, in a house filled with bikes and balls, color and music.

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Q: If you could tell your younger artistic self anything, what would it be?

A: The telling would go in the other direction. This younger artistic self is about 5 years old and whispers to me each day. It’s an endless dance with the ego, and the only place where I’ve made anything worth returning to.

 

Q: What was the first book you read that made you cry?

A: I don’t cry when I read; I save that for my evening ponderings and red wine. 

 

Q: What was your favorite thing about school as a kid?

A: June 7th through September 4th.  -and, art class, gym, lunch, and recess

 

Q: What inspires you to write and illustrate?

A: -as an encouragement for each of us to listen for something in life that we can hold and love; and then to return that love.

 

Q: When you’re not making art, what are your favorite things to do?

A: I need to be outside every day. Even through the darkest winter months, I’m somewhere in the woods.

 

-from an interview with Kate Riggs, Editorial Director at The Creative Company.