Jim Auckland has been an illustrator and fine artist since 1973 when he graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design. Jim has received extensive recognition for work he has created in the sports and entertainment fields. Clients in the entertainment industry include: Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Studios and Columbia Pictures.
Jim has created portrait collections of famous athletes for NFL Properties, The Upper Deck Company, The Franklin Mint, The Bradford Exchange and the NBA. His paintings are included in the collections of The Buffalo Bills, The National Football League Hall of Fame, Hughes Aircraft Company, General Mills, The United States Air Force and The Library of Congress.
In 1990 Jim was invited to join the illustration faculty at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California where he taught painting and illustration for seventeen years. In 2007, then a full-time faculty member and head of the Illustration Department, he retired and moved to New Zealand and is now painting and helping out young New Zealand artists.