A Colorado native, Jim Budish studied sculpture at the Art Students League of Denver and the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts. With a family to support, Budish worked in real estate development before returning to sculpture while in his 40s. Budish sculpts in the hopes of capturing the unique movement, emotion or spirit of the animal. He began by sculpting animals representationally but was not finding the satisfaction that he eventually found by sculpting the animals unique attitude and personality.
He attempts to capture the “Joie de Vivre” that he believe is “lurking” somewhere inside all of us! Since 2000, Jim Budish’s work was selected Best of Show, Best of Sculpture or 2nd place Sculpture in 16 separate occasions at nationally recognized exhibitions. Budish has many Public and Monumental installations in the United States and Europe. His sculptures can be seen in parks throughout the USA. Jim's studio is located near the city of Chicago.