Imagine building a boat out of cardboard, glue and paint then ask a few friends to get in and paddle for time against other boats without becoming the next Titanic. For 12 years, I have built and raced cardboard boats for the annual Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta hosted by the Glen Ellyn, Park District. My boat building career started with a basic boxy design with two rowers and ended with a 21-foot long 9-foot high boat that looked like a Harley Davidson motorcycle powered by eight rowers. My goal each regatta was to win the fastest time for the 200 meter race and to win the most creative category. In addition to the Harley, I created boats that looked like a guitar, Swiss Army knife and a cordless DeWalt drill. After years of building boats I decided to try my hand at creating 3-D sculptures that would outlive a one day regatta. The bald eagle, Texas longhorn and Labrador retriever represent my most recent three dimensional artwork. I graduated from the University of Illinois as a medical illustrator and artist. In my spare time, I enjoy reading non-fiction and biographies, eating classic American food such as a steak and baked potato and driving a Jeep along the M-22 in northern Michigan with my wife.
Jim's ArtPrize Entries
These are Jim's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Jim's Past Work
These are images of past work that Jim has done.