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







San Diego County Fair - 2019


When the family of a member of the military is serving active duty, the family may fly a flag with a Blue Start in a window. If the military member loses his or her life while active, the blue star is changed to a Gold Star.

This painting commemorates that sad but patriotic event.