I was asked to outline  the path that led me to create images from the remains of long dead musical instruments.  To the best of my memory this is how it went: in 1988 I was stationed on the Island of Okinawa, Japan with the 3rd Marine Division Field Band.  I was responsible for the maintenance and repair of their inventory.  During one of the many hurricanes I experienced, I ran out of books to read and became very bored.  To occupy my time I began to see what I could piece together out of scrap and excess parts.  I came up with several lamps that didn’t look too bad and over the years I expanded that idea to more complex lamps, then music boxes and now full circle to straight sculpture.

I’m not sure where this road will take me but so far the people I’ve met along the way have become an extremely important part of my life.

Technically yours,

J. Gleason

8 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Hey Jim-
    Fantastic! We finally found your website. We’re so proud of you and tickled by the most recent way you’ve expressed your creativity!

    Gayle, Mike and Kai

  2. Jim, your artwork is awesome! I was truly impressed by your workmanship as well as creativity. Thank you again for helping us with the cabinet.
    Martha Heckman

  3. Jim,
    We have your giraffe on display @ The Icehouse during the SC Jazz Festival,
    getting lots of comments on your talent.
    We also have the “Dizzie Gillespie trumpet” on permanent display & folks pose for pictures by it. Keep up the great work.

  4. My husband and I saw some of your sculptures at a gallery in Myrtle Beach. My husband, being a trumpet player, was very intrigued. Are any of your smaller sculptures available online? My husband turns 60 at the end of the month and I thought it would be a great gift.

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