Santa Cruz, CA
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jim grew up in Santa Cruz during the 60's, amongst a large family of 10 children and a single mom. Having no other choice but to be independent and self-sufficient, Jim started working at an early age, and eventually opened and operated his own auto collision repair business. During the decades of repairing vehicles, which involved intense metal work and welding, using this type of medium became second nature. He loved metal work, and always saw it as a form of art.
After retiring from his business, Jim continued his metal work to pass the time. He found enjoyment in using his imagination to create. A blending of working with metal, and a passion for surfing took on an art form. This was the creation of Jim' s Waves of Steel.
Jim's love of surfing, and the ocean is his inspiration.
"It's truly magical what the ocean can do for me. It's powerful, beautiful, and awesome. We are so fortunate to be part of it. You know you cannot conquer the ocean, but you'd like to try. You fear it, and love it at the same time."