Born and brought up in London, the son of a painter and member of the Royal Zoological Society, Jim spent much of his young life in the company of many and various animals and birds. He started sculpting in the early 1970s whilst working on research and development for the British Steel Corporation in London. His knowledge and understanding of steel is evident in his sculptures, each of which is individually crafted. Jim’s abstract forms, for example Pod, harmonise particularly well with white-stemmed trees and plants with variegated foliage. Placed in dappled shade the play of light on a steel sculpture placed amongst hostas with cream or white edges creates an exciting picture in the garden.