|Biography from a third party submitted on 10/15/2009:|
|Jeff Jamison is obsessed with painting. Loving the entire
process. Loving watching the paint move around. Watching the
entire painting change with the changing of a value or hue. Believing
that creation has karmic ramifications and with that comes
Energy put into a painting can be felt by the observer.
up in Middle Tennessee, Jamison has fascination “with the look of
things” that began at an early age - how light falls across objects
casting shadow, bouncing, flaring and reflecting. This
fascination and meager attempts to capture and simulate these
occurrences in pencil eventually led Jeff to art classes. His
serious art studies began at Middle Tennessee State University in
1977. Dissatisfied with his college courses and wanting to see
the world but unable to afford travel, he left school and Tennessee,
moving to Miami, Florida to sell suntan oil on the beach at the world
famous Fountainbleau Hotel. As Jamison puts it: “letting the world come
In 1982, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, graduating two years later and immediately went to
work as an Editorial Illustrator for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel
newspaper. He worked as a courtroom sketch artist in the Manuel
Noriega trials in Miami, and his award winning illustrations began
appearing on the pages of many national publications including
magazines and novel covers.
With the coming of the computer age
and the dying of the traditional illustration market, Jamison decided
to focus full time on painting. He took third place prize and an
Honorable Mention at the Salon International Museum of Contemporary
Masters Competition judged by Pino in 2004; He finished in the Top 50
in the Arts for the Parks competition, and was a finalist in the 2006
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Mini Show. In 2009 his
painting The Fisher King was accepted into the Oil Painters of
America 2009 National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils where it
earned him an Award of Excellence.
Jamison takes an intellectual
approach to his art while his style is built on drawing in a process he
calls controlled chaos. There are no secret techniques or
materials; instead he chooses to paint in the traditional
processes used by the Old Masters. Jamison feels that by working in
this manner, using the same tools and materials as the great painters
like Velazquez, Sargent and Sorolla, the only thing standing in the way
of arranging those materials into truly great painting is Jeff
Jamison. Along with that comes the sobering realization that one
may never paint on a level of a Sargent or a Sorolla, but he loves the
challenge and feels it is his personal responsibility to get out of bed
every day and try to do just that.
Jamison is also member of the Oil Painters of America.
Born 1958 in West Memphis, Arkansas, Jeff and his wife Judy currently reside in Middle Tennessee.
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