Jamie Blackburn was born in Columbia, SC in 1960. Artistic achievement was encouraged at a early age by his family and teachers. He began drawing in elementary school and winning awards for his artistic talent. He went to Lander University to receive a BA in Art and has been a professional visual artist for 20 years.
Jamie is on the South Carolina Arts Commission Approved Artist Roster and teaches workshops in SC public schools. Jamie has a supportive wife and 2 children. He and his family live in West Columbia, SC and Jamie creates his art from a home studio. Oil painting is his primary process, but he also enjoys graphic design, sculpture and photography.
Inspiration for Jamie’s art comes from many sources. He loves diverse cultural symbolism, experimenting with primitive design methods and modern computer technologies. He enjoys doing research, studying artistic technique and the process of creating interesting visual ideas. Inspiration comes to Jamie as he explores various aesthetics. Nature, architecture, music, and visual rhythm excite him. Prospecting for ideas is his way of life. Jamie also likes to mimic accidental images he sees on random surfaces in stores, parking lots and old billboards. He loves to explore, ever since childhood camping in the woods, taking trips have always been a source of inspiration. Hunting, fishing or just hiking through nature is linked to his creative process. He believes nature is inspiring and elevates his soul. Jamie likes books, magazines and movies. He seldom stops receiving information, even his dreams are a source of inspiration and ideas. Natural occurring designs and pictographs worn by native Americans, African tribesman and other native cultures help him cultivate ideas. The influences of local artists and historical painters have been a contribution to his creative longevity. The doing of art has taught him best and inspired him most. He understands his best teachers have been his experiments and his most inspiring moments coming from mishaps.
Diversity of style comes from Blackburn’s appreciation for many aesthetic forms. Jamie's attempt to expand his creative marketability in an ever demanding industry pushes him to stay on the edge of modern design and style. He likes painting landscapes, animals and people but he most enjoys non representational formalism or exploratory abstraction. Jamie loves the freedom found in formalism. He enjoys experimenting with color and form and often places elements of cloth and texture on the canvas, sometimes carving lines right into the paint. Jamie loves to layer his pallet allowing small remnant areas of the under painting to show through. He will often paint over a painting he no longer feels describes his mind leaving a little of the former, he calls this process, “colliding ideas.” He believes being diverse and a student of many techniques allows him an opportunity to serve a broad client base.