Bottoms first became a committed environmental activist in 1969, when Santa Barbara experienced a human-caused oil blowout that polluted the ocean and devastated the local beaches, killing sea birds and marine life. His commitment to this cause continued throughout his long life.
James “Bud” Bottoms was a native Californian who lived in Santa Barbara by the sea. His art education began at Jefferson Machamer School of Art in Santa Monica from 1947-48 and continued at the University of California-Santa Barbara from 1948-52. He worked for many years as an art director for GE’s think tank TEMPO, but in 1978 after a powerful dream he had of a woman embracing a dolphin, he was inspired to sculpt and to commit much of his time to marine mammal awareness and protection.
Bottoms is internationally known for his fountains
and monuments in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Toba
City, Japan; and Dingle, Ireland. Nationally, they can
be found in Los Angeles, at the Shriner’s Hospital
for Crippled Children; the Long Beach Aquarium;
Monterey Plaza Hotel; Malibu’s Michael Landon Park;
Oahu, Hawaii, and as Santa Barbara’s ocean-front
landmark. The Puerto Vallarta and Toba City sculptures were Santa Barbara Sister Cities projects and promote respect and understanding between cultures.
His smaller sculptures are found in galleries in
California, Mexico, Hawaii, and Florida.
**All sculptures can be enlarged up to Lifesize **
Excellent for indoor and outdoor, in the garden and as waterfeatures and fountains
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