We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaime Lovejoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaime, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My full time painting career came as a second act for me. I always saw myself as an artist but for years it was on the sideline. After a longstanding marketing career, I stepped back and realized I was no longer feeling motivated, inspired or excited about the work I was doing. I decided to make a change and explore new opportunities. Then the pandemic hit and I had time and space to work on my paintings full time. For me, it felt like a return to my true self, returning to the artist within to create.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create large abstract artwork inspired by the surrounding natural environment. Seasonal colors, evolving landscape and transitioning climate play a big role in the color choices, the application of paint and evolving shapes found in my work. It was always my dream to pursue my art as my career but that leap can feel overwhelming, humbling and raw. I approached it as I did my marketing career, setting goals for myself, prioritizing my time to paint and building a community of artists to share ideas and collaborate with. That helped me build my confidence to put my work out there, push me to explore new boundaries in my art and establish myself as a full time artist.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m in SF and I love to get out and hike. My inspiration comes from nature! Heading north to Marin Headlands and exploring the bluffs and beach and grabbing lunch at Sam’s in Tiburon. If you are staying in town for just one night, my favorite urban hike is starting at the Embarcadero/Levi Plaza – hike the stairs past Coit Tower over to North Beach. Grab some pasta at The Italian Homemade Company and a cocktail at The Devil’s Acre to get a feel for old San Francisco.
And of course, if you can catch a Giants game, that can’t be beat!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to Erin Hupp of @erin_hupp_ceramics who has been both a collaborator and supportive friend in helping me navigate my artistic business. Katie from @beinggoodcompany who lit the fire in pushing me to consider my art and is always creating amazing events to bring creative, powerful and inspiring groups of women together.
Jimmy from @headwestmarketplace, the first place I showed my work and another amazing group of creatives that are so friendly and supportive.
And most of all my family for pushing me to pursue my dreams.
Adahlia Cole @hungryhungryhooker Sarah Renee @sarah.renee.photography Art Bodner