Jim Jeffreys was born in Seoul, South Korea. He came to the United States when he was four years old. He was born with a congenital mutation called Phocomelia. He is a double amputee, above the knee, at the hip. He was adopted into an American family. His adoptive father had a rare congenital bone condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, (OI). His dad's condition was commonly known as "Brittle Bone Disease". He also used a wheelchair for mobility, and he was a cabinet maker. His mother was a nurse. Jim grew up in a very large family. There were a total of nine children, six of whom had disabilities, ranging from Polio to Spina Bifida.
On occasion, people have approached Jim with heavy hearts when they realized that he was born without legs. For him, it had the opposite impact. It gave him a sense of adventure and opportunity! It was not a disadvantage. In fact, it built up his self esteem, and gave him a healthy outlook on life. Instead of shying away from the attention, he was attracted to it. He enjoyed being the center of inquiry.
With drawing, Jim was a comic and cartoon enthusiast. As a young boy, he watched Saturday morning cartoons like the Hanna-Barbera characters "Dasterdly and Muttley", "Space Ghost" and "Magilla Gorilla". When he was in high school and college, he was influenced by comics like "The Incredible Hulk" and "Spider-man". Because of this introduction to this imaginary realm, comics had a significant impact on his artistic style. Jim was educated at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
"Adventures with Ted" currently can be seen in two separate publications, Amplitude Magazine's E-newsletter and the Passaic County Pulse newspaper. You can also find Ted on Facebook, Twitter, as well as Instagram.
2004, MFA in the Visual Arts, William Paterson University.
1992, BFA in Fine Art, William Paterson University.
1986-1988, Academic Tiffany Scholarship for the Arts.
2019, Regular publication, Amplitude Magazine e-newsletter.
2019, Regular publication, Passaic County Pulse newspaper.
2018, Featured article, “Jim & Ted’s Excellent Adventures”, Amplitude Magazine, May/June Edition.
2019, Art exhibition, Arts Unbound Gallery, Montclair, NJ.
2019, Exhibitor table, Kids Comic Con, Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY.
2018, Art exhibition, Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ.
2018, Guest speaker, Kids Comic Con, Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY.
2007-2012, Speaker and panel member, New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities.