Portrait Gallery: Jim Colosky
A lawyer most of his life, Grand Junction’s Jim Colosky, 68, had no interest in art until a client in Hotchkiss brought Colosky a piece of stone from his alabaster quarry in 1976.
Colosky turned it into a small frog, which he still has in his home office.
It wasn’t until several years later, however, that his love of sculpting really took off after moving to Denver to practice natural resources law, Colosky’s primary law interest for more than 40 years, including more than a decade in Grand Junction, his home since 1994.
Sculpting “took my mind away from law in a complex field,” Colosky said.
Now that he has retired, Colosky can sculpt full time and even has a studio in his backyard with views of the Bookcliffs.
Colosky sculpts with materials such as marble, wood, limestone and basalt and makes sculptures of all sizes. He enjoys sourcing materials locally when possible and has even gone to Marble/marble, a marble sculpting symposium in nearby the town of Marble.
“I just do what the stone tells me to do,” Colosky said.
Sometimes, he finishes a piece quickly. On the other hand, he once worked on a piece for 21 years.
What art did, Colosky said, “was introduce me to a different me.”