I am interested in images that invite the viewer to enjoy the luxury of slow looking. I seek to create paintings that reveal their story and mood over time. Paintings that resonate with overtones of theatre or music. As if they were a moment in time or a song that stays with you.
I find it curious that a smear of oil paint on a surface can create a sense of the Real. I think this goes beyond questions of realism, representation or abstraction. The search for how much information and context is needed for a composition to engage your attention. This is the mystery that I continually try to solve as I search for these moments.
With color harmonies, a graphic sense of composition, and active mark making I create visual stories that share my experience of seeing beauty and mystery in the world around us. These image stories become a means for talking about the world within us. The visible physical image as a metaphor for the ethereal nature of our experience.
Jamie received a BFA in painting from Washington University in St.Louis, Missouri. He was selected to study at the Yale Norfolk Summer Scholarship for painters. He is a recipient of a Warhol Scholarship at the New York Academy of Art.
Jamie comes from a long line of artists. His great grandfather was a goldsmith and jeweler. His grandmother was a painter, his father a designer and his mother an actor and director.
He sees his work as a visual artist as a compilation of all these disciplines.
Jamie’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions. He is passionate about visual thinking education, and is developing a program to engage and educate young people in this important skill.