Tuesday, October 3, 2017


This has been long overdue, but the new website for my art is up and running. JIMBORTZART.COM now features my most recent work and is updated regularly with new paintings. Check it out!

"Summer's Last Breath"

"Summer's Last Breath" 12x16 oil

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Bachelor Life"

"Bachelor Life" 6x11 oil


"Relentless" 30x40 oil
This is one of five original oil paintings I'll be taking to the Fall Arts Festival in Jackson Hole. I'll be spending time in Mountain Trails Gallery chatting with folks and working on some new painting. It's always a fun time to be in Wyoming, so I'm really looking forward to the trip.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

"Looking West"

"Looking West" 12x9 oil
This small piece is a color experiment that in the end turned out to be a pretty decent painting. I'm constantly feeling the need to explore, experiment and work toward becoming a better painter. I feel like I made some progress this week :)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Rainbow Run"

"Rainbow Run" 20x40 oil
This is my biggest trout painting! It might be time to get the fly rod out and go fishing for more inspiration. HA!

Friday, April 21, 2017

"Deadfall" Revisited

I've been kicking around the possibility of reworking some paintings I "finished" last year. As I heard Jim Coe say a few years ago, "A painting isn't really finished until it sells." True enough!
I felt this piece had a great foundation, but I missed the mark translating my vision into brush and paint. So... here's attempt #2.

"Deadfall" 11x14 oil

For comparison, here's version 1.0

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Red Rambler"

"Red Rambler" 12x20 oil
I wanted to revisit this motif in a larger format. I painted a small study last year, but wanted to do something a little more involved. Worth the effort!
Below I've included an image of the study for comparison.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Color

I've been experimenting with some new colors on my palette and have to say I'm pleased with the results. These whitetail paintings were fun studies and allowed me some freedom to push paint around and manipulate edges while maintaining good drawing. I learned a lot during both pieces. I'm excited about this new direction and the body of work that will result.
"October Winds" 14x11 oil

"The Yearling" 12x9 oil

Monday, March 6, 2017

"Lessard's Tale"

"Lessard's Tale" 10x12 oil
Inspired by fireside chats with my guide friends in Wyoming, "Lessard's Tale" attempts to capture the heart-stopping moment of a chance encounter with a grizzly and a downed elk.