EXCERPT from From Nature’s Anomalies by Helene Kobelnyk in Vivacini  12 May 2013

In a mountain resort where “bear carvers” and chain saw sculptors abound to the delight of tourists, Jim Mauritsen quietly and patiently pursues his own unique vision in wood sculpting by creating a utopia of texture and abstract forms.

Having grown up in the lush and rain drenched Pacific Northwest, Jim, who worked in the family nursery business most of his life, always dabbled with wood sculpting.  “I would find some interesting driftwood on the coast and make some furniture.  Gave a lot away to friends and sold some.”

Like many others, Jim came to the Ruidoso’s annual biker rally almost twenty years ago and decided to stay.  For him, Ruidoso is the best of both worlds . . . the pine covered mountains and wilderness without the incessant rainfall, although long time New Mexico residents would gladly welcome a fraction of the Northwest rains.    “It rains a lot in Washington, and I mean a LOT.  Although I miss my family and the fishing, I don’t miss the rain.  I had to wait awhile for the webs to go away when I first got here.”

It’s not just the beauty of the area that keeps Jim here.


For a true “magazine experience” and more photos, read the rest of this article by clicking on this link:  Vivacini  12 May 2013