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  "As 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."

Judy Florence
Director of Cornucopia Lifelong Learning Center (WITC)


"When Jim Ramsdell 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."

Stefan Anderson
Headmaster of Conserve School
Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin
"The 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 work."

Neil Howk
President of Chequamegon Audubon

    "The 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."

Joe Groshek
Art Teacher at Madeline Island Elementary  School
LaPointe, Wisconsin