Artist Bio (b. 1962)
Given a paint set by his parents to “keep him busy,” Jamie discovered, as he grew up in Southern California, a love of art and a talent that has won him numerous accolades and awards. While developing his own unique style, Jamie gained inspiration from several artists including Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Maynard Dixon and Andrew Wyeth. Although self-taught, he attended and developed his portfolio at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; the California Art Institute in Woodland Hills, California; and California State University at Fullerton, California. His talent has been recognized with many awards, including a two time winner of the Award of Excellence by the Inland Empire Advertisers Portfolio Show.
Adventuring into a field of Commercial Art, Jamie initially utilized his talent to produce photo realistic illustrations of sports activities and food products. Clients included the Los Angeles Dodgers, a Hawaiian manufacturer of skin care products, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He illustrated magazine advertisements and product labels creating clean fresh designs, which furthermore expanded his artistic experience while gaining him respect not only from corporate clientele, but also recognition from individual connoisseurs.
Discovering an avenue of greater creative expression, Jamie ventured into Fine Art evoking a “tonal quality” from his landscapes to convey a sense of peace and serenity. His love of the outdoors inspired his landscape collection. Summers spent in New Mexico became the backdrop for his “Storms” collection. During the monsoon season, Jamie experienced all the tumultuous elements of thunderstorms and in their darkness found a creative outpouring of light and translucent mastery. His style has matured from photo-realism to its current tranquil yet temperamental minimalism in acrylic, his only medium.
“Simple compositions and minimal, yet striking imagery are the main bodies of what my paintings are built on. I strive to make a statement, relying on the least amount of detail to tell the story, stripping down the painting to an almost composite abstraction, and then using light and space, focusing on one particular subject, to capture the viewer’s attention.
Whether painting a lone farmhouse or barn, or Palm Springs mid-century modern home, my aim is to celebrate the often forgotten icons of Americana…symbols of American dreams and American lifestyles.
I draw inspiration from such artists as Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, David Hockney and John Register. Currently, my work takes me from the desolate plains of the Midwest, to the backyard pools of suburbia, where “belly flops” and “cannon balls” are typical antics of the youth-minded.
A brief stint doing movie stunt work in earlier years inspired me to do my recent “divers and jumpers” collection. Experiencing the thrill and exuberance of anti-gravity while performing stunts, I wanted to convey that in my work, along with a humorous touch thrown in. If I can get, at the very least, a smile as someone views a painting of a belly-flopping diver suspended in midair fully aware of the impending result of the dive, I’ve done my job. My paintings are pictorial reflections of images and experiences of the past, where viewers can be transcended to a time and place where life was simple and unobstructed.”