Jamie Lee McMahan studied art in college although his major study was mathematics. He worked for years with IBM and other computer companies and in his spare time, he painted. It was at an Everett Raymond Kinstler workshop in the mid eighties that the world famous teacher encouraged the part-time artist to enter the art arena, full-time professionally. He has been practicing since with an emphasis on portraits, oil on canvas in the time-honored tradition. He has been influenced by modern-day masters as Kinstler, Bettina Steinke deceased, Joe Bowler, Ned Jacobs, John Howard Sanden, Daniel Greene and his long time friend and mentor, Fred Rawlinson.
He has painted governors, senators, mayors, judges, college presidents and persons of all walks of life. To paraphrase one of his heroes, Charles Marion Russell, "I like to paint the subject with the bark still on."
The artist maintains his studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
born 1942 Ripley, Tennessee
Tennessee, New Mexico
The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN: 1962-1965
Everett Raymond Kinstler, New York, NY: 1986
Daniel Greene, New York, NY: 1985
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):|
2007, Portrait Society of America International Competition, Peoples Choice Award
Portrait Society of America, 2000, Member
In the words of the Italian master, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, "A person gives himself away just before or just after speaking." I use that sentiment in my approach to capturing the real person on canvas rather than a copy of a posed subject... I let them be themselves while I am painting, talking, gesturing and not concerned with the task at hand.