Jim Ingham

I was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle.  I was engaged in farming and raising cattle for more than 20 years and have been in and around agriculture all of my life.  Leather is a natural to me.  It is a huge part of the west and how the west developed, and to the cattle and farming cultures.  The warm richness of leather is unmatched.  It is my desire to add something of value to your life through my artwork.  



I am self-taught in the art of leather working.   My parents bought a starter set of carving and stamping tools for me when I was about 14 or 15 years old.  I piddled with it for several years doing belts and billfolds, but that soon lost its appeal.  I did not do much at all for several more years.  Years later I saw a picture of an Indian and thought it would be a challenge to put that into leather.  It seemed to go well and my sojourn in leather art began. 
Leather is, for me, a natural medium and connection with the land and life; it has a beauty of its own and I enjoy embedding art into it.  Beauty, simplicity and nostalgia are the favored objects of my art.  I hope that you find something to connect with in my art.