Tuesday, February 10, 2009


With a successful career in the digital arts, Jamie brings from the West Coast a bright fresh perspective on those beloved creatures we call dogs…Animals, especially dogs, are loving creatures that present unconditional love to their masters. In an age of online dating, shopping and bill paying there is a growing disconnectedness in the world. People don’t interact as much with people as they do computers. And yet there is a yearning for connection. My work presents the larger than life panting, smiling, grinning and loyal companion that never disappoints us. Dogs in particular are heroes because on some level they save us. Their soulful eyes reach out of the canvas and catch their viewer’s eyes. There is love and connection through a giant canine’s eyes. Enjoy!
right: "Nacho Ned"; acrylic

My development as a painter comes from over twenty years as an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Art Director, Creative Director and business owner for a Technology and Marketing company. Planeteria, Inc. produces corporate identity and Web site solutions for large and small organizations across the United States.After graduating from Smith College with a B.A. in Studio Art, I taught Art and Photography in Switzerland. In 1994 I moved into a digital world with my creative skills. I relocated to Seattle and designed the second Web site for Microsoft Corporation. As a Lead Design Program Manager at Microsoft I designed the Web site for Windows 98 as well as another thirty or more sites for Microsoft.
My roots are in Essex, Connecticut.
My great grandfather is Judge Thomas Coulter who resided on Main Street in Essex from the late 1800s to 1952. Judge Coulter was town clerk and judge of probate until 1952. My parents have been married 56 years and still live in the same family home, now in the family 120 years. When I was 6 years old I started drawings animals and selling them on Main Street. Although I majored in Studio Art I took a commercial route and recently have returned to illustration through acrylic painting. I started painting in acrylic and latex 3 years ago. Painting is a passion for me, as it is for my mother and sisters alike.
I also have a deep love of animals and people. My work reflects my ongoing interest in people, animals and the psychology and play between them.
My inspiration for composition comes loosely from pop artists like Warhol and Liechtenstein who presented reality in a bold way with vibrant colors. I generally paint oversized canvases with larger than life figures of people and animals. I turn these subjects into caricatures. In the animal-related themes, my animals are typically lovers and heroes and in the people-related themes my people are typically flawed, human and real.

Jamie’s work is tinged with humor and fun. She says, “I paint big and I paint with bold colors to make a statement. It is about connection and in some cases lack of connection. I also love painting people and animals as subjects because they have so much life, personality and soul. Every person is different and every dog has its own day. In the last 10 years I’ve rescued two dogs from the Humane Society. For any painting sold in 2008, I will donate 10% of the profit to the Humane Society of Sonoma County. Don’t forget to check the events page for shows and exhibits.”

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