Welsh born, London sown, California grown...
Sitting down on a grassy slope one long-ago summer's day, I made this pen and ink drawing of Caerphilly Castle. On that hill in the background is a narrow street of stone cottages called Bryn Gwyn, and in number 15, I was born. My bedroom window faced out across the verdant Rhymey Valley to this ancient Norman castle. On then, up and over the last mountain in south Wales to the capital city Cardiff, where boats sailed out into the world taking my childhood dreams of travel and adventure with them. My mother said, "you will go far Jamie boy." I believed her then and I know this now: When a journey goes well, all is good ~ when things go wrong, dig deep and the real adventure begins. Amser i mynd ~ time to go, from that cradle called Cymru.
Starting off first with Bristol for college and love, then Venice Beach, California for fun, sun and rock climbing, London next for the challenge of top-flight design agency work, family weekends back in Wales, mates and brilliant pubs on the River Thames. Thence and back again across The Pond for Sacramento, to start and build an award-winning, community-supporting, client-growing, brand identity design team of cherry-picked talent, type of agency.
All the while, sketching, shooting, directing, painting, and pride of all: raising three spectacular children. Those chapters written, the road called again. It said, "time to explore once more ~ come paint me, bring your camera, find further afield, follow calling winds, listen to the fairy whispers..." and other such sagacious folly.
After two years of dipping traveling toes into the Pacific Ocean and High Sierra lakes, and 2020 marooned (aka isolation painting) in the Caribbean, I am currently painting and exploring the amazingly beautiful Mojave Desert.
The "art movement of one man and his dog" will soon continue into the Four Corner States ~ desert flowers, succulents, golden monolithic valleys and endless skies await. In the evenings, campfires, stars, books, and a guitar I bought in Wales with my first grant for art college. Nice bridge. Then, over first-light camp coffee, business, design, social media marketing ~ connections to the wi-fi world, see what's going on today. Take a hike with the dog, get warmed up to paint.
MISSION: We have one world and one life ~ protect and promote love for our planet over profit, live life like it is your first and last, because it is. My work is to paint nature, capture the beauty of light, color and moments in time, share good thoughts and ideas, provide value to my fellow entrepreneur warriors, and have a cold one waiting in the fridge.
See you on trial...
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