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I’ve enjoyed painting ever since high school in La Grange, Illinois. The large (5 ft x 23 ft) oil mural I painted in our basement set the mood for my dad’s cruise ship environment.

My uncle Verl introduced me to water color illustration when I worked in his commercial art studio as an apprentice. I painted the “Prudential Building” from the window of his studio on Michigan Avenue in 1957.

"Prudential Building - 1957"

"Castle Rock, CO"

"Approaching the Rockies"


During college I spent an entire summer traveling from Colorado to California doing water color paintings, most of which I gave to uncles, aunts, and cousins. “Castle Rock, CO” and “Approaching the Rockies” are two samples from that trip.

“The Crucifixion” (oil 15″ x 17″) is from my seminary years, 1965.

“Kids at Cape Arago” is an oil painting from the eighties when we lived in North Bend, Oregon.

Kids at Cape Arago (30" x 40" acrylic)

"South Falls" - Silver Falls St. Park (5'x8' acrylic)


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  1. Joel permalink
    January 13, 2011 11:16 pm

    I always loved the Prudential building painting and the Crucifixion painting, both of those paintings are a couple of my personal favorites from your collection.

  2. August 25, 2019 4:38 pm

    Hi Jim,
    Archie and I had the pleasure of meeting you and Carmen one evening while searching the view near your home. You were so gracious to show us your home and beautiful paper cut art; do you recall?
    I was thinking of you two this morning and want to say hi.
    I hope you and Carmen are well.

    We are looking to relocate in Silverton. If you hear of a lovely home coming available please let us know. We also have a realtor looking for us.

    Hope to see you both again.
    Shelly & Archie Euser
    Napa, CA

    • August 25, 2019 7:58 pm

      We certainly do remember your visit and we hope you will soon be residents with us
      in this lovely little town. I don’t know which realtor you are working with, but we highly
      recommend Marcia Branstetter at Silverton Realty 503-873-3545. Hope to see you again soon.
      Jim and Carmen Bornzin

  3. Keri Peck permalink
    October 5, 2020 3:30 am

    I didn’t know you like to paint I know you like to do scissor cuts. But I didn’t know you were a talented painter as well.

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