Jim Shore is one of our most treasured artists at Enesco. He is a legend in the industry, inspiring his friends and his expansive base of followers with work reminiscent of family, tradition, spirituality, and love of country. Jim’s signature look of handmade, hand-carved art evokes appreciation and nostalgia, while embracing inspired themes of folklore and tradition found within American and European folk art.
Jim is also a quilting aficionado who collects antique quilt patterns and actually designs his own unique patterns as well. His signature style often combines traditional quilt patterns and one of his favorite types of folk art, rosemaling. Rosemaling, taken from the Norwegian words meaning “rose painting” originated in 18th century Scandinavia as a local interpretation of European Art Traditions.
Over the past 15 years, the Heartwood Creek Collection has evolved from the original Santa Collection to a diverse year-round brand that is respected both nationally and internationally. From Masterpiece Santa’s, to Nativities, to Mini Figurines, this collection has something for everyone.
In their coverage of Jim’s Life Accomplishment Award presented in Atlanta during the 2012 ICON Awards, Gifts and Decorative Accessories included the following tribute:
The annals of American enterprise record scores of success stories. Many come to mind. But one particular story touches millions of lives in ways that span the range of human emotion with an enduring resonance. It is the story of Jim Shore and his gift of love to the world-a great gift of artistry imparting happiness, hope and courage to all.