Fanta-Sea I have lived bythe beach all my life, where therelaxing sun and surf tends to bring out the daydreams and fantasies.
California dreamin Having spent all of myearly years living by the southern California coast, waves became a very big influence on my art. My two most popular ocean themes were woman forming from waves (1976 and horses forming into waves (1991).Here I have combined my twofavorite themes into onepainting which I call my California Dreamin.
Enchanted Sea Ideas, to me are the most important part of my paintings. They can also be the hardest. You cant find them inyour drawers. You cant buy them atthe mall. You can only get them from your ownimagination. They are a joy when they come, and a frustration when they dont. They are why I paint.
At SunsetNature seems so alive and romantic at the beach, especially at sunset.
Friends of Mother Nature One of the friendliestcreatures on earth are the dolphins.
Mother Nature in the New Millenium In 1991 I painted one of my favorite paintings of that time "Mother Nature". This painting was chosen as the cover of my 1997 book "The Art of Jim Warren" because of its ability toinstantly catch ones eye, and I felt it very much represented my overall painting style. Ten years later I decided "Why not revise this painting", with a slightlybrighter, more "New Millennium" look. Rather than an actual revision, I think it could better be described as Mother NatureRevisited, with a few new touches such as the new 2001 PT Cruisertraveling down the road, replacing the Rolls Royce in the earlier version. I have often used my friends, relatives and my children as models in my paintings, so it was only fitting that I use as the model our new family car, the PT Cruiser.
A Place of Memories Its hard to forget that special place that wewere at when we first fell in love. No matter the place, or the person, we see both as the ultimate beauty. And thememories of both become intertwined forever it seems.
Nature WalkIn this high tech hustle &bustle work-a-day worldwhich we live in today, itappears we have lost site of, and sometimesforgotten all together oneof our greatest treasures, Mother Nature. This painting is a reminder to everyone, including myself, that Mother nature is alive and well and awaiting our company
Dream Walker Dreams are notreality, but they do consist ofreal feelings and thoughts thatmaybe we arent aware of ...or just havent expressed or resolved in other ways. I suppose itwould be fun to walk into a dream once in awhile to visit and see just what is going on!
Natures eyes If you leave the city life for long enoughand travel far enough, you will probably experience the feeling that Mother Nature is indeed alive.
Prince and the Mermaid In Shakespeare, in many of the classicromance movies, andoften in my paintings,romance is at its best when potrayed as somthing deeply longed for, yetslightly out of reach. Maybe thats what true romance really is.
Four Seasons The beautiful blending of the seasons, each with their ownunique qualities, is proof to me that the worldwas thoughtfully and artisticallycreated, not just some random accident.
Evening comfortfrom the Dreamscape series...This series started out as three separate ideas that I waspreparing to paint. AsI got the canvas out I thought it would befun to blend one into the other without them necessarily being a series, and see if someday, by accident, someone noticed that they fit like a puzzle. Theresponse to them as a series at my studios was so good that I decided to scrap thisidea and market them together as limitededitions. Very soon Iwill do this again, and tell no one.
River Life Although I keep telling myself it is time to again paint something very wild and surreal, it seems lately I end up painting what I consider to be the ideal place to live. I guess with all theweird stuff going on in the world lately itoccurred to me that if all the leaders of all the countries and religions would juststop arguing like kidsthen the whole world could be a beautifulplace to live like this. Next maybe I willpaint that wild surreal painting.
Country lane Country Lane was myfirst attempt at painting "Pure" landscapes. Myinspiration was brought on by my recent move from California to Florida. While taking a walk one afternoon, I was captivated by how massive the oak treesthat lined my quiet little street were. Anoccasional mailbox was the only indication that civilization existed within this grove of leafed giants. The message I wanted to stress through this painting was, "Sometimes the beauty of nature, itself, is the best environmental message."
The Way Home A painting on the wall can be different things to different people. It can be a decoration, something to match the decor of a home, or it can be aconversation piece, to provoke thoughts, orsimply to enjoy . Or apainting can be like a window with a view to a distant place where we desire tobe. The latter is whatI had in mind when I painted "The Way Home".
Caribbean View It surprises people when they see me paint a simple beautiful landscape, being the mainly fantasy/surreal artist that I am. But as simple as they may appear, the locationsthat I paint are largely made up from myimagination as are allof my other paintings.
Reflections I have in the past been known to do paintings that had rather shocking messagesconcerning the environment, but I feel at times that thesimple beautyof nature itselfcan be the bestenvironmentalmessage of all.
Home Sweet Home When we are doing something we just love more thanalmost anything else in the world, it is as if we are "HOME"in the truest sense ofthe word. Although I dont golf, I would imaging this wouldbe home sweet home for one who does. This painting wasinspired by the many golf courses I have driven by andphotographed due to their spacious and beautiful settings, sand traps and all.
Dont Mess with Mother Nature Growing up in Long Beach, California, I discovered at anearly age the impact technologywas having on the environment. Many years ago, hundreds of offshore oil wells were constructed and placed onislands a few miles out from the Long Beach coastline. Each one, beautifully decorated to appear as condominiums, waspleasing to the eye. But the fact remained that damage was being done. The water surrounding the refineries had lost its splendor. The crystal blue waters that had oncecrashed upon the shoreline were now gone. Even though they tried to hide it, the truth was,"You cant fool Mother Nature."
Love Makes the World Go Around Allthough this is a painting about romance, it alsoinspired by the world affairs where thecountries of the world are having the same problem manymarried couples have. They cant communicate and simply get along.
Hawaiian Eyes The beautiful sights seen during any 24 hour period of such places as TheHawaiian Islands areleft imprinted in your mind for years to come.
What a Wonderful World I have been through many artistic fazes during my career, from horror/sci-fibook covers, fantasy,surrealism, paintings with environmentalmessages etc. For this painting I simplywanted to paint what I felt would be a wonderful world;inspired by a favorite old song of mine by Louis Armstrong. Some might look at this and say Imgetting old & soft... Ilike to think its more proof of my versatility. Just wait and see whats next!