to provide a studio for EVERYONE!
- students of all ages and levels of experience can learn to draw and paint from an international, award-winning artist in the classical atelier tradition of the masters.
- artists have studio space at their disposal without paying the overhead & expense to have their own studio (see “Open Easel”® Program)
- everyone can view exhibitions, visit or watch live painting and drawing demonstrations
The Martinsville Studio holds an independent, private, studio-intensive art curriculum. Our focus is on perceptive vision, excellent understanding, and skillful performance.
The training at The Martinsville Studio is designed to give students the skills necessary to create convincing, realistic works of art that meet the highest standards of excellence and craftsmanship. The curriculum is created from the best and most effective traditional methods and techniques used in 19th-century European academies and private ateliers, the apprentice system of the renaissance and extensive experience both as student and as instructor.
The curriculum is designed as a systematic progression, which breaks down the complex and intimidating challenge of learning to draw and paint realistically from life into practical stages. Each stage requires that the student acquire and demonstrate specific skills before advancing to the next more challenging stage. Students progress in a logical, step-by-step fashion leading ultimately to free and confident painting in oil. The speed at which a student advances through the curriculum is directly related to how much time and effort they invest and is always at their own pace.
Jamie works with each student individually. The flexibility of the program allows for more reviews if needed, or less, if the student is proceeding well. Jamie constantly observes and analyzes every student’s progress, adapting her instruction to best assist each student.
Born in 1961 in Akron, Ohio, she has dedicated herself to the art of observation -- in life and in the studio. Focusing primarily on portraits, landscapes, and still life she is always trying to explore through paint the energy, the emotion or the "story" that she intuitively perceives from the subject. Early inspirations such as Nelson Shank’s painting Danilova’s Slipper convinced her that she had to follow her lifelong love of color and value -- though she took a roundabout route to that profession by earning a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management first. Jamie started out at the Maryland Institute College of Art, but wanted a more classical realism training and soon moved to the studio of David Zuccarini at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, MD. She went on to study with some of the world’s leading artists (David Leffel, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Robert Neffson) at the Art Students League in NYC and Nelson Shanks’ Studio Incamminati.
Jamie has exhibited in New York, Washington, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Sweden, but most often executes landscapes, still life and commissioned portraits from her studio. She has been a member of The Portrait Society of America for many years, where she served as the State Ambassador to New Jersey and Delaware until she became the National Coordinator for the entire Ambassador Outreach program.
Jamie has won numerous awards, most recently taking First Place for her oil painting, “Cassie”, in the 2010 Richeson 75: International Small Works. She has twice been a Finalist in The Artists’ Magazine’s Annual Competition and the Richeson 75: Figure and Portrait . She was additionally honored by having her painting “Couch Potato” being selected for The Artist’s Magazine’s 2006 Limited Edition Calendar for the month of November, as well as “My Little Viking” featured on the Inside Cover flap of the Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait book.
Jamie’s private studio is located within The Martinsville Studio.
”I am initially inspired to paint a subject because of the energy, the emotion or the "story" that I intuitively perceive. My work aspires to retell this attraction while also reflecting the yin/yang of opposites as demonstrated through the complex pattern and simple design, the light and shadow, and the vibrant color and muted tones that I observe in every day life.”