Democratic Spotted HyenaFebruary 8, 2017

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by Jim Winters

I think it’s time to retire the jackass for a more potent Democratic animal symbol. How about the Spotted Hyena?
They are intelligent, they work together, and best of all: their clans are matriarchal.
Time to band together and take down the bloated beast!

From the website where I found the source photo:

“What makes the spotted hyena a dangerous competitor on the harsh savanna is it’s incredible bite force. Unlike lions and other big cats, who rely mainly on biting weak points such as the jugular on their prey, the spotted hyena will bite right through bone to kill and eat. With a bite force of up to 1100 PSI (over 7 times more powerful than a human bite), even the thickest bones are hardly a problem.”

democratic blue hyena

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Portraits: 2013-2016December 16, 2016

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by Jim Winters

I did a previous blog post featuring a range of my published portraits back in May of 2013. You can see it here.

Since that time, I have continued to make portraits – mostly as commissioned illustrations, drawings and paintings. I have done individual posts describing these various projects, but this one is more comprehensive and showcases some of the pieces I am most proud of.



Digital illustrations for Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) for an article on the 10 most in-demand innovators in digital fashion and e-commerce. You can read the online version here.


Tony King
tony king by jim winters

Sherri Haymond
sherri haymond by jim winters

Marie Gulin
marie gulin by jim winters

Bridget Nolan
brdget nolan by jim winters

Mike Lee
mike lee by jim winters

Muge Dogan
muge dogan by jim winters

Claudia Soare
claudia soare

Dan Heaf
dan heaf by jim winters


Sabato & Rocco
Acrylic on panels
12″x12″ each
painting commissions

sabato by jim winters

rocco by jim winters



Digital illustrations for a ’50 Over 50′ list in Dinosaur Magazine Intl. The issue was also a David Bowie tribute.

dinosaur magazine index

david bowie 50 over 50

prince by jim winters

Ai Weiwei
ai weiwei by jim winters

Tilda Swinton
tilda swinton by jim winters

Justin Vivian Bond
justin vivian bond by jim winters

Nick Cave

Chuck Close


Portrait drawing of Armistead Maupin for Dinosaur Magazine Intl.

armistead maupin by jim winters


Water soluble crayon on paper
portrait commission




San Francisco icon, Juanita MORE!, hosted a 60th birthday party for another San Francisco icon, activist and author Cleve Jones. These portraits were made for the promotional materials for the event.

Portrait drawing of Cleve

cleve jones by jim Winters

Digital illustration of Juanita

juanita more!


Full color portrait drawing of film maker, author and “filth elder”, John Waters, for Dinosaur Magazine Intl.


Spot portrait illustrations for Men’s Health magazine.

Kyle Bailey
kyle bailey

Michael Ruhlman
michael ruhlman

Lidia Bastianich

Mike Roussell
mike rousell by jim winters

Tony Gentilcore
tony gentilcore by jim winters

Mario Batali



Catalog for my solo exhibition of reduction screen print portraits at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art.

presence by jim winters at pjma

Scarlett Johansson & Eli
5 color reduction screen prints on paper
6″ diameter

scarlett johansson by jim winters

eli by jim winters


Belle & Faye
5 color reduction screen prints on paper
8″ diameter
portrait commissions

belle by jim winters

faye by jim winters


5 color reduction screen print on paper
portrait commission

jeri by jim winters


Digital portrait illustration used as a promotional sticker.

dave end by jim winters


Digital dog portrait for Bay Woof magazine.

otis by jim winters


Portrait drawing for Men’s Health magazine.

Jim Smith
jim smith by jim winters


Fan Art
Flashe on canvas
Painting commission

(Björk from the cover of her 1997 album, Homogenic. Original photo by Nick Knight.)

fan art by jim winters

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Living the DreamSeptember 27, 2016

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by Jim Winters

I have a show opening next week here in Santa Cruz. This is my first solo exhibition since Presence at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art in the winter of 2013/14.

That show was about people in my life, personal influences and the memory of relationships. This show documents the place where I live now – evidence that I am here. A sort of continuation of my Travelogue series of land and cityscapes.

People come to the Monterey Bay area to enjoy themselves. Living here is like being on a permanent vacation. I feel extremely fortunate to have ended up here. It is a special place.

Many years ago, a close friend said that I always managed to live somewhere that seemed like it could be in a David Lynch film. I always loved that she said that and feel that Santa Cruz is no different. On the surface everything seems wholesome and friendly, but there is more than meets the eye here if you look closely. Not that I am specifically looking for a sinister dark side.. well, maybe.. but it is the potential for one that interests me more. It is this idea that my friend was getting at when she made this comment to me so long ago.

I want this work to contribute to the myth of Santa Cruz as an iconic and idealized California coastal town. In addition to the expected beach scenes, sunsets and amusement park rides, my views also include the nearby power plant, a shopping center parking lot, a motel, a liquor store and a dispensary. Something for everyone!

There is beauty in the banal.

Paradise has a flip side (for balance).


living the dream postcard


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Sky GlidersJuly 26, 2016

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by Jim Winters


Santa Cruz friends and collectors of my work commissioned this wall painting of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Sky Gliders. They asked to include their beautiful Siberian Husky – he’s in the top, yellow cart and they are in the green cart behind him. It was a great project.

sky gliders


Here is a detail:

sky gliders detail



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July in Santa CruzJuly 17, 2016

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by Jim Winters


Two new prints this month:

shopping center by the sea

Shopping Center-by-the-Sea
10-color reduction screenprint on paper, mounted on wooden panel
edition of 32


morning ritual

Morning Ritual
10-color reduction screenprint on paper, mounted on wooden panel
edition of 32



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