a featured guest speaker for our "Winter Warm-up Cultural Arts
Series", Jim Ramsdell presented a most informative and inspiring
program. His detailing of life experiences along with his
personal path to creative expression were highlighted with clarity,
honesty, and a warm smile. Outstanding photos of his life in
the Alaska Wilderness and the extensive display of his exquisite
wood sculptures made this a memorable
evening for all."
came to our school he did much more than just make a presentation.
He drew our students in and made them active participants with him
in the creative process. His ability to connect with the 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."
Headmaster of Conserve School
Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin
beauty of Jim Ramsdell's creations is obvious. Equally
compelling are the descriptions of the techniques he uses in the
creative process and the explanation of what has inspired him to
become an artist. The presentation helps the audience connect
intellectually and emotionally to the creatures represented in Jim's
experience of visiting Jim's home and workshop was an inspiration
to myself and my art students. Our class was given an up-close
and personal introduction into the wonderful world of wildlife wood
carving and painting. From careful observation of nature, to
sketching and recording details, to transferring the image to a
solid wood block, to carving and finally painting the sculpture,
each step in the process was thoroughly explained. In helping
us to look more closely at wildlife, Jim has also forced us to
notice the spectacular beauty of each animal he is recreating."
Art Teacher at Madeline Island Elementary School