A native of South Carolina, Jim Shore utilizes his skills as a portraitist, sculptor and folk artist to create his unique and creative collection for Enesco. His current collection, Heartwood Creek, combines tabletop and figurines to create a charming and innovative American country decor statement. His other collections include Shore Lights and Garden Sense.
A self-taught artist, Shore worked as an engineer before turning his full attention to art. He has painted in a variety of media including watercolor and egg tempura, a technique made popular by artists Andrew Wyeth and Bob Timberlake. Shore also has perfected his technique in silver and gold-smithing, wood carving, stained glass, furniture making and sculpting in stone.
With this diverse background and experience, Shore has become an accomplished artist. He has created portraits for the governments of both North and South Carolina. As the creator of the popular pencil Santa line, Shore changed the look of Santa Claus in the early 1990s. He is an active member and president of the Yorkville Artist Guild.
Shore was awarded “2003 Artist of the Year” by NALED (National Assoc. of Gift & Collectible Dealers) in June. His artwork can currently be found in the collections of corporations and universities across the United States.