The Art Of Karri Jamison
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Karri Jamison is a professional nature painter who’s unique style of art merges two painting genres: abstract expressionism and realism. She refers to her style of painting as “Whimsical Nature”. Her work features stark black and white backgrounds combined with meticulously hand drawn and painted nature iconography. Karri’s use of clean precise lines and highly detailed brush strokes gives her work a modern edge. Her current series of paintings feature the birds and woodlands of the Midwest. Each painting starts with an idea or scene inspired by Karri’s observation of nature and her imagination. She doesn’t work from a photo. All of the scenes in Karri’s paintings are her own composition. Often, clients ask Karri if her work is digital or photography. While flattering, the truth is, no. Every inch of each painting is meticulously drawn and painted free hand. The average time it takes Karri to create a painting is 200-600 hours. It takes an enormous amount of dedication, patience, and skill to achieve each painting. The only tools she uses to create her highly detailed birds are: acrylic paint, graphite pencil, and paint brushes only 3 to .5 millimeters in diameter.
Karri’s favorite subject matter to paint is birds and trees. In fact, she considers herself a “bird-nerd” and often can be found traipsing through marshes, woodlands, and prairies looking for birds to study and paint. “Birds are a huge part of my life. Each bird has a unique personality that I try to capture in my paintings. The patterns on their feathers are so intricate…I can’t help but enjoy the challenge and beauty each bird represents.”
Karri’s whimsical nature series has been well received by private, public, and corporate collectors. Karri has received 11 awards in the past 2 years for her artwork. Including, Best in Show at the Lakeville Art Festival, the Merit Award at the Uptown Art Festival, and the Award of Excellence at the Edina Art Fair. Karri graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee-Peck School of The Arts in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting & Drawing. Since graduation, Karri travels around the Midwest showing her artwork in museums, galleries and at fine art shows.