As Americans, we have a colorful history that embraces family traditions. Our ancestors, who all came here from abroad, were for the most part, hard working people wanting to explore and provide a better life for themselves and their families. Life was hard and many people came from humble beginnings. With the help of strong determination and strong family bonds, American’s persevered. American folk art depicts family life and traditions in early America.
One such artist that draws inspiration from American folk art is Jim Shore. Jim was raised in South Carolina. His grandmother was a master quilter, who influenced Jim’s appreciation of the skill and patience involved in creating the intricate designs of hand made quilts. He actually began collecting quilts, and the folk scenery depicted in these fragile works of art became the inspiration for the collectible figurines in Jim Shore’s Heartwood Creek Collection.
Jim Shore started his professional life as an engineer, although art was always his passion. He sculpted and painted whenever he could and eventually founded Designs Americana. After meeting the right contacts at an art show, Jim’s company grew to over 350 employees and had more orders than they could fill. In order for Jim to be able to focus on the creative and artistic side of the business, he partnered with Enesco, a leading marketer of gifts, collectibles and home accessories. Jim has also won several national awards from the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers, including Artist Of The Year among others.
Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Collection collectibles make great gifts. They go great with many decor styles such as American country, rustic, primitive, colonial and Victorian . He makes great seasonal designs, including traditional, old fashioned Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and Halloween. Jim Shore designs collectible figurines, dinnerware, home accents and accessories and more.
Whether you’re looking for a special gift or adding to your own collection, Jim Shore collectibles add a colorful country charm to your home. The intricate detail of the traditional scenes and patterns carefully painted on each figurine bring American folk art alive.