Jim grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of artistic parents who instilled a love of American folk art. His grandmother was a master quilter who taught him the patience and skill to bring intricate designs to life. Jim worked decades developing his craft, manufacturing his own designs and traveling the country selling his work. Finally in 2001, he partnered with Enesco to create Heartwood Creek, the successful brand that brought Jim world-wide fame. Today, Jim has received multiple awards from prestigious trade organizations: ICON HONORS Life Accomplishment Award in 2012, and eight annual awards from NALED including Artist of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Jim’s artistry grew from his family roots where he developed a rich new design style blending a signature color palette with traditional imagery from quilting and a variety of folk art forms. Jim’s unmistakable style applies to an endless variety of themes and formats, including his new River’s End home décor collection and exciting design partnerships with popular culture icons like Disney, Peanuts, Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera. The enormous popularity of Jim Shore products results from a lifetime of dedication, inspiration and hard work.