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Jim's Blog

Welcome to Circle of Friends!

I’m excited to introduce this new online community, a place to gather and tell stories with new and old friends. It gives me a chance to show you what I’m working on, share some thoughts regarding everything from gardening to travel to favorite recipes, and tell you about the things that inspire my art.  And even better, it gives me the opportunity to hear from you, the people I actually work for!  I don’t mind saying I can get pretty isolated alone in my studio every day!  It gets my creative juices flowing to hear your thoughts and ideas about favorite subjects, patterns or color choices.  It’s great fun for me… and you might be surprised just how much of my finished art starts out in that kind of conversation! And it’s exciting to hear how my work becomes (even in a small way) a part of people’s lives, families and celebrations. It’s humbling to hear how people display my art in their home, and an honor to know they think enough of it to give it to someone they love. In short, your stories inspire me! The connection we share, the enthusiasm you have for my art, drives me to create more.

My hope is this new Circle of Friends provides a forum for us to share news and ideas. There’s a Sketchpad where you can see new designs as I’m working on them. A Travel page where you can find my schedule of events. A Blog where I can share my thoughts. Videos, contests, helpful hints and more. And most importantly, a Gather With Friends page where you can show pictures, post videos and share your stories. I’m looking forward to see our Circle of Friends grow in the coming weeks, months, years! Come visit as often as you like, I guarantee you’ll always see something new. Just activate your free membership so that we can share info about new releases, upcoming events and special opportunities – like the chance to win a $500 shopping spree when you enroll today!