Jim Stafford, born in Chehalis, Washington became acquainted with western Washington
wildlife at a very young age. Drawing and painting the flora and fauna of the area was a way of life since a young boy.
He has specialized in a wide variety of wildlife in cast bronze since 1964, by observing his subject
in the field. He often packs in to sketch, photgraph and study his subjects in their natural
Jim obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in 1968, solidifing his skills in
metal casting. In recognition of his artistic skills and contributions to animal art, Jim was honored by being voted
into the International Society of Animal Artists, based in New York, in 1980.
Over the years, concentration has been on the North America Elk and Wild Sheep. A long term project has been a full collection of the World's Wild Sheep
in bronze. This series began with the fabulous long horned, "Ovis Ammon Poli" (Marco Polo), which was featured in
the November 1983 issue of Sports Afield magazine. This bronze was quickly followed by the massive Mongolian "Ovis Ammon Ammon" the very popular
"Grand Slam" bronze, depicting all four North American Sheep species together on a single bronze. The "Grand Slam bronze was also featured in
Safari Club's "Sheep Special" magazine.
Jim Staffors's bronze are unique works, depicting wild life in bronze, in their natural statuesque venues.
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