Jim, a native Californian, has always been interested in the natural sciences and art. As a teenager his summers were spent in the high-country wilderness of the High Sierras in California. When not in the mountains, Jim could be found exploring tidal pools or snorkeling along the California coast. These experiences directed Jim's interests and education towards a career in the natural sciences. Jim was graduated from California State University at Fullerton with a degree in Biological Sciences, and a minor in Art. CAREER Jim was employed by the US Forest Service in the capacity of Biologist, Scientific Illustrator, and Creative Services Director. The last five years of Jim's Forest Service career was spent as the Artist-in-Residence at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA during its renovation. Grey Towers was the home of Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service and was restored to reflect the period when Gifford Pinchot lived in the residence. Jim retired from the US Forest Service in 2006 after 38 years service. ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER During Jim's employment with the US Forest Service he free-lanced as an artist participating in juried shows throughout the Mid-west and East Coast where he won many awards, honors, and recognition for his fine art. Jim's primary medium is watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, and mixed media. The computer has also been added to his art toolbox as well. Jim approaches his nature photography with an emphasis on artistic composition and finds the macro-world of nature most appealing where the intricate designs of nature come forth. Jim has illustrated several books and many publications, and contributes regularly to natural science, magazines, and periodicals. TEACHER Jim. a natural teacher, has taught classes in bird identification, field ecology, nature journaling, and nature painting for the National Wildlife Federation in the Adirondacks-NY, Maine, Colorado, and Montana. Jim has conducted nature journaling and painting workshops for both adults and children throughout his career. An avid birder and hawk watcher, Jim was instrumental in establishing the Rose Tree Park HawkWatch in Media, PA where he served as the principle coordinator and compiler from 1999-2009. The hawk watch provided instruction to adults and school groups regarding Hawk ID, Raptor Migration, and Scientific Data Collection. WRITER Jim's scientific curiosity has led to his writing and illustrating numerous articles for both popular magazines and scientific publications. TODAY Jim and his wife Judy relocated to California in late 2009. They now reside in Wildomar, CA at the base of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve (SRP). Jim through his exploration of the SRP, and desire to volunteer and "give back", became a Docent in 2011 to help provide visiting 3rd-grade students with a positive and fun nature experience at the SRP.
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