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Jim Ramsdell is an award winning, self-taught artist who discovered his gift late in life and wishes to share that gift with others.  His wood sculptures have been juried into numerous shows including the highly prestigious  'Birds In Art' exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin  (2000, 2005).  His works have been featured in national publications including  'Wildlife Art', 'World Wildfowl Carving and Collecting' and 'Competition Annual' magazines.
 
Ramsdell has done commission pieces for collectors throughout the country and globe including a Bald Eagle in the civic center of Obihiro, Japan.  Jim was commissioned by the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward, Alaska to create a 50 foot long hanging main lobby sculpture of a pod of Dall's porpoises along with a number of other exhibit pieces. Jim has been commissioned by tour companies in Alaska to create interpretive displays, and by the Alaska Marine Highway to sculpt a pod of Orcas for its latest ferry, the M/V Kennicott.

The 'Our Shared Planet' exhibit along with Jim's presentations have appeared at various locations including the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda in Madison, Wisconsin; The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin; Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska; Conserve School in Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin; Rotary Garden in Janesville, Wisconsin; the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, Minnesota, and the Hartley Nature Center in Duluth, Minnesota.
 
"Jim Ramsdell's ability to connect with children and adults is amazing.  His engaging stories, beautiful pictures, and exquisite sculptures speak eloquently of his love of nature and his desire to protect our shared planet."

Stefan Anderson,
Headmaster of Conserve School, Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin


Though Jim still takes commissions, his heart lies in the creation of works for the 'Our Shared Planet' project.  He credits his journeys and experiences while living in Alaska, close to the wonders of nature, for bringing a deep change in his life. 

"Whether looking into the eye of a killer whale while kayaking the ocean waters of Alaska, encountering the majestic gaze of a bald eagle, or watching a grizzly bear catch a salmon from a few feet away, these are experiences that reach our souls and put us in awe of the world around us.  It's a place we need to be more often.  I have dedicated my work and life to restoring our fragile relationship to this planet and all the other beings that we share it with.  We alone among all other creatures of the world hold the power of preservation or destruction of ecosystems and their species.  The time is now to accept the responsibility of being good stewards and setting a positive example for others."

-Jim Ramsdell


BIOGRAPHY OF ARTIST/MANAGING DIRECTOR

jim@oursharedplanet.org