jim bates watercolors



I am inspired by the moment. My Representational style of paintings use only three primary colors  but are rich and bold colorful evocative images derived through many translucent layers of watercolor glazes. Some paintings tell a story, others capture a fleeting glance to let the observer experience a personal emotional moment. The planned and frequently accidental experience of mixing water with pigment is spiritual.

I  have always been an artist. Starting with a professional career as an art director in advertising after studying art and graphic design at the Art Center College of Design, creating beauty through art has been my passion.

My watercolors have been exhibited in galleries and shows throughout San Diego and in Arizona, and are in private collections in England, France, Germany, Spain, Japan and the United States.

Many of my paintings are also at www.fineartamerica.com, a website that offers prints in various sizes and on watercolor paper, canvas and metal. Select an image in the size you prefer then select a mat and frame to suit the painting or the room in which it will be hung. It’s all on www.fineartamerica.com which has become an asset for artists to insure  patrons are pleased with the art they choose.



welcome to the world as seen through my eyes


Jim Bates Watercolor

  Fallbrook, CA 92028






ArtWalk Liberty Station

August 11 & 12, 2018


September 22-23, 2018

Calabasas Fine Art  

August us



2017 San Diego County Fair Fine Art Exhibition  “Bag Drop” (above)

“Vintage Cafe, Johnstown, New York” (below) “Vintage Cafe sold off the wall.