James Boren, CA
James Boren was born on September 26, 1921 in Waxahachie, Texas. He lived in several towns in south and west Texas, including Lamesa, Big Spring, Sweetwater, Snyder, and San Antonio.
After receiving his master of fine arts degree in 1951 from the Kansas City Art Institute, he taught fine arts for two years at St. Mary’s College, Leavenworth, Kansas.
From 1956 to 1965, he worked as a concept illustrator for the Martin-Marietta Company in Denver, Colorado. Boren’s philosophy of art always centered on traditional values. “Good drawing, good color, an understanding of the basic design and elements such as form, pattern, value, line, and texture are essential to producing good art,” he said. “This is the foundation on which an artist should build.”
In 1965, Boren became the first art director of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He provided expertise and leadership in assembling the Hall of Fame’s fine-art collections and exhibits. He left the position to devote all of his time to his painting career.
He became a member of the Cowboy Artists of America in 1968, and later served two terms as its president and secretary. He also served on the original board of trustees of the museum formerly known as the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, Texas.
Boren was awarded twelve gold medals and nine silver medals in annual competitions in Cowboy Artists of America annual shows. In 1976, he was named Texas Artist of the Year. In 1980, he participated in a show at the Grand Palais in Paris, and in 1981, the Chinese government invited him to participate in the first Western art show held in Peking, China.
In 1989, in the annual competition of the Academy of Western Art, Boren won the gold medal in watercolor, which he called his “most favored medium.” “It offers the greatest spontaneity of expression of any painting medium,” he said, and “lends itself to beautiful transparent passages or to completely opaque gouache techniques, or a combination of the two.”
Source: The Cowboy Artists of America
After a Rainy Night
Artist: James Boren, CA (1921-1990)Description: Watercolor (1970)
One of a Kind
Artist: James Boren, CA (1921-1990)Description: Gouache (1981) | Image Size: 32”h x 20”w; Framed Size: 43 ½”h x 31 3/8”w
Artist: James Boren, CA (1921-1990)Description: Watercolor (1970) | Image Size: 15”h x 22”w; Framed Size: 24”h x 31”w"
One of the early members of the Cowboy Artists of America, James Boren excelled in the medium of watercolors. Here he offered a study of a log cabin on a snowy day. An abandoned and broken down wagon weighted down by heavy snowfall rests beside the house. Boren evoked a sense of isolation and the passing of an era using cool colors and subdued lighting. At one time, this homestead may have provided a fresh start and the promise of a better future for a pioneering family who moved on for any number of reasons; the old weathered cabin seems to have its own story to tell.
Artist: James Boren, CA (1921-1990)Description: Watercolor (1987) | Image Size: 11”h x 17”w; Framed Size: 20”h x 26 ¼”w
In James Boren’s “Arizona Winter,” tranquility is the order of the day as the saddled horses patiently await their riders.
“Watercolor is my most favored medium,” said Boren. “It offers the greatest spontaneity of expression of any painting medium and lends itself to beautiful transparent passages or to completely opaque gouache techniques or a combination of the two.”