Artist Spotlight: Jamie Brown

Jamie Brown is a third-year design student from San Diego, Calif. She has a passion for visual art and is particularly interested in drawing and painting. I sat down with Brown to discuss her inspiration, her fun with art and her plans for the future.


Kate Sagara: When did you first discover your passion for art?

Jamie Brown: I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I was an only child so I didn’t really have anything else to do, and I couldn’t write yet so I would just draw.


KS: Who are some of your favorite artists?

JB: One of my favorite artists is Laura Collins. She has this one series I love called “Olsen Twins Hiding from Paparazzi.” I just love how she can make art out of something you would see in a tabloid. My “Tyra” painting is actually based off her art.



KS: Do you ever get artist’s block, and how do you cope with it?

JB: Yes, I get artist’s block constantly. I feel like if you’re painting something and just not feeling it and you think, “Oh, this is so ugly,” you can only see what’s wrong with it. I feel like putting it away for a while and then going back to it for a while is always good. I’ve had so many instances where I’m drawing or painting something and I’m like, “Ugh, I hate this. It’s so ugly.” But then I go back to it like a month later, and I’m like, “Wow, this is really good. I should keep working on this.” I don’t know sometimes. [Painting] is like watching a comfort movie. Sometimes you don’t want to sit down and watch some five-hour artsy moved from, like, the ‘40s, you just want to watch “Anchorman” or “School of Rock.” Sometimes, I don’t want to try some new intricate painting techniques or whatever. Sometimes I just want to sit down and paint a picture of “Seinfeld” characters. I really just want to like sit down and make something and feel good about it. Also, there are a lot of movies, like Sofia Coppola movies, that I would watch for inspiration, especially with the color palettes.


KS: What career path do you hope to pursue?

JB: I would love to work for a fashion magazine because I’m a design major, so I think I could either help with the design for the magazine or help with the styling. I spent one semester studying psychology and, while I did really like my classes, I just couldn’t really picture a future in that field. So, I decided to switch to design my second semester and I really liked it. I feel like I’m on the right path now. I feel like I’m not just floating. I’m getting somewhere.


You can follow Brown on Instagram at @jamiebrownart to see more of her work.


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