Jim Winters is a queer California artist, a long-time Bay Area resident who now lives in Santa Cruz. He has spent decades making work that documents his obsessions, his friends and loved ones, and the places he has lived and traveled. Winters’ paintings, drawings and screenprints exist in the traditional arenas of portraiture and landscapes, but have a self-conscious attitude that ultimately defies this initial categorization. His specialty is the reduction screen print.

Winters attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, graduating Summa Cum Laude in January 1988 with a BFA in Sculpture. His education was augmented by a year at the Maryland Institute in Baltimore as part of the East Coast Art School Consortium.

Since 2004, Winters has worked with the team at Stancil Studios executing high-end wall finishes throughout the Bay Area as well as in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. He has also completed solo projects (custom lampshades, murals and wall graphics) for an array of San Francisco’s top interior designers including Gary Hutton, Ken Fulk, the Wiseman Group, Tucker & Marks and Saint Dizier Design.

He has made portrait illustrations for Levi’s, Flaunt magazine and Men’s Health. His work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. In 2015, Winters interviewed author and filmmaker, John Waters, onstage at the historic Del Mar Theater in downtown Santa Cruz – a career highlight.

Winters’ pieces are available at Agency in Santa Cruz and Perch in San Francisco.