Jamie Gibbons Studio

Oil painting on reclaimed surfaces


I am trained as an artist but spend my days teaching in art museums, helping students learn how to look. I spend my evenings and weekends in my home studio, experimenting with representing the light and shadow of quiet landscapes in oil paint on the surfaces of reclaimed materials - salvaged wood, cedar shingles, cabinet doors, windows.

My work has been shown in juried group exhibitions throughout New England and beyond, including locally the Somerville Public Library, NAVE Gallery Annex in Somerville, Inside-OUT Gallery in Somerville, and Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown. I am an affiliate member of the Brickbottom Artists Association in Somerville and participate annually in artist markets including ArtBeat in Davis Square, Somerville and local farmers markets.

Artist Statement

When I was little I was regularly reprimanded for sculpting my mashed potatoes instead of eating them. Now I sculpt paint, spreading it thick with a palette knife. Saturated, juicy textures call out to me – the smooth surface from the knife, the layering of sumptuous earth tones, the empty spaces where character shows through.

I'm drawn to surfaces weathered by years of wind, rain, sun, salt, and stories. Forgotten pieces in the grass and sand and salvaged from discard piles get added to the ever-growing “I could paint on this” collection that is slowly taking over my Boston-area apartment.

I am 60% daydreaming of late afternoon sun, 30% calm of the quiet in my studio, and 10% strong coffee.

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