Jim Bruce grew up in a small Midwest town with his parents who had an antiques business specializing in folk art. He has been married for 48 years to his wife Judy, who is an artist, and has been immersed in the art world for over 50 years.
After retiring from the practice of law in Chicago to reside in Cave Creek, AZ, 15 years ago, he began working in cement and rebar to pass the time while Judy was in her studio painting. People started taking interest in the sculptures while attending Judy?s studio during Hidden in the Hills.
In addition to the cement animals Jim has now taken up ceramics and is in the process of learning to throw and hand build, which eventually will lead to ceramic animals.
The animals have been chosen for exhibition at the Desert Foothills Library and the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. Jim is a juried member of the Sonoran Arts League and has been a host studio for Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour. The animals are in collections all over the valley as well as well as nationally.