Jim is a Chicago native and has been an artist and teacher his entire life. He spent 25 years working in media production as a video editor, animator, sound engineer, writer, and producer. He was on the front lines for the digital revolution in that industry, witnessing million-dollar control rooms replaced by a few computers. It was here, way back in 1994, that he first began his 20-plus year love affair with Photoshop. After leaving that field in an effort to maintain his sanity, he returned to his first artistic love, the camera.
An international award-winning photographer, Jim has a real passion for teaching and he brings the entirety of his life as an artist into the classroom, where his classes and workshops are consistently popular. He teaches Photo III, Photoshop I and II, Black and White Artistry, and Post Processing Mastery. He also runs several workshops every year, has a strong presence as a photography educator on the web, and is a creative partner at ON1.
The focus of Jim’s teaching is the inner development of the photographer as an artist. He consistently and gently challenges students to reach inside and find their own artistic voice.