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About Jim

Born in Santa Monica in 1944, Jim learned to love the ocean from his father. They spent many summers sailing, fishing, and navigating to their favorite spot, Catalina Island. In the sixties Jim started surfing the Southern California beaches and playing guitar in a local garage band. In 1965 he began studying art at the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. After receiving his bachelors degree in illustration in 1969, Jim began an extensive 20 plus year career as an American Illustrator. He received numerous awards in the field of advertising. In 1990 Jim returned to his love of the ocean and surfing and began painting the local beaches and surf culture, including classic woodie cars. Local car clubs took notice and began to search Jim out to paint posters for their events. His Huntington Beachcruiser, Doheny Wood, and Fallbrook Vintage Car posters have become highly collectible pieces of art. His detailed pen & ink and watercolor renderings present a wealth of good memories, souvenirs of places seen and loved by locals and tourists alike. When Jim is not painting he can be found surfing at his favorite spot in San Onofre.