A Colorado native, Jim studied sculpture at the Art Students League of Denver and at the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts. He also participated in ISC (International Sculpture Center) workshops at the Art Institute of Chicago. Jim began his career sculpting representational figurative works. He realized in time however, that it was neither his desire nor ambition for his life’s work to be creating “photographs in bronze”. Rather, he decided that he wanted to be able to create his own new and unique direction in representing the human form and the forms of the multitude of special creatures that surround us. With each piece, he explores the attitude and emotion of his subject and attempts to capture the “joie de vivre” that he feels is lurking somewhere inside us all.
Jim Budish is currently one of the most popular sculptors in the United States. In addition to his success at sculpture shows, Jim does charity work by donating his art for auctions that benefit the less fortunate. His work can be found in numerous collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, and Japan.