Welsh born, London sown, California grown...
Sitting down one long-ago summer's day, on a grassy slope, I made this pen and ink drawing of Caerphilly Castle. Halfway up the 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 and up over the last southern mountain in Wales to 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 dipping traveling toes into the Pacific Ocean and High Sierra lakes, I am currently Crusoe-marooned on the beautiful tropical island of Tobago. Watercolors and camera in-hand, toes in warmer waters, good listening.
The "art movement of one man and his dog" will eventually continue Stateside towards and 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. Time to paint.
MISSION: We have one world and one life. Protect and promote love for our planet not profits, live your life like it is your last, because it is. My work is to paint nature, capture moments, find fresh beauty, provide enormous value to my fellow entrepreneur warriors, share good thoughts and have a cold one waiting in the fridge.
See you on trial...
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