Jim Dryden studied art and music at the University of Minnesota, and has a BFA in painting, printmaking, and illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. A love of travel and exotic places has been a primary influence in Jim's work. He draws inspiration from many diverse cultural and ethnic traditions, and paints with a color palette that speaks of latitudes far south of Minnesota. A partial list of Jim's corporate clients includes: 3M, Anheuser Busch, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honda, General Mills, GMAC, GTE, John Deere, Marriott, Payne-Webber, Target, and Viacom. Concurrently, he has provided artwork to a wide variety of fine arts organizations and non-profit causes: The American Red Cross, Chicago Jazz & Blues Festival, Children's Crisis Nursery, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Arts Council, MacPhail Center for the Arts, and the American Breast Cancer Foundation. Jim's work has also been published in numerous trade journals and educational texts, and has been awarded recognition by the American Society of Illustrators.