About Jim

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  Jim Tompkins has been making and studying art since childhood. He studied business at the University of Houston. Following graduation from UH in 1975 he attended the Glassell School of Art/Houston. In 1995 Jim earned a fine arts degree from the University of North Texas and spent 2 years directing P.R.I.N.T. Press at UNT. In 1997 he began producing murals for the design trade. In 2008 for the first time he turned his attention to ceramics. For 9 years most of his work has been 3 dimensional stoneware. in 2013 Jim studied at La Meridiana ceramics school in Certaldo, Italy. His work includes both painting and sculpture. He is a Dallas resident and teaches art at the Dallas International School. His work is included in collections across the country and in Italy.  

Artist Statement

  Making art is opening to one’s inner world and then committing the time and attention to producing a piece that may never be valued. It is an intersection of the intention and capabilities of the artist. When original work is presented, a viewer must bring his attention to the looking. In that looking the responses of his heart and mind can determine if the work is or isn’t nourishing.