Jami Tobey's work reveals a fascination with the natural world where sweeping brush strokes and bold swaths of color create tension, expectation and emotions that quicken the heart. From bewitching trees to swirling clouds to mystical landscapes, the subjects of Jami's paintings reflect a world that can be achingly beautiful, inspiring, contemplative, sometimes frightening, but always alive and breathing.
Born in 1974 in Oregon, Jami was destined to become an artist.
At the age of five, Jami's father, the prominent sculptor Gene Tobey, invited her into his studio and exposed her to a spectrum of styles, subjects and techniques, and encouraged her to follow her own path of artistic expression.
Jami was formally educated at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where she sharpened her craft, mastered the use of composition, and injected intense colors and acrylic ink into her paintings to bring them to life with a stained-glass glow.
By the time she was 14, she had sold her first piece at a Santa Fe art auction, and by the young age of 28, her work was featured in nationally acclaimed galleries.
Spawned from Jami's subconscious and unfiltered emotion, the paintings are narratives are without beginning or end, and free of the boundaries of reality.
They reveal the essence --- some would even say personalities --- of natural wonders great and small, drawing the viewer into a place where light, heat and motion all play a part of the emotional experience unraveling on the canvas.
A member of the prestigious La Jolla Art Association, Jami's work is featured in some of the finest art galleries in the United States and commissioned for private collectors worldwide. Gallery presence can be found in Sedona, Arizona; Palm Desert, California; Durango, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Fredricksburg and Port Aransas, Texas; Big Fork, Montana and her home city of Santa Fe.
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