Jamie Orr is an abstract expressionist artist, born in Ridgewood, New Jersey. After graduating from college with a double major in Psychology and Visual Arts, she pursued a career as a teacher of children with autism. Jamie currently lives in the New York City area and continues to develop her passion for art. Rich color and texture combinations are the defining hallmarks of Jamie’s work.
I create abstract expressionist paintings that are based in rich color and texture combinations. My work is largely inspired by nature. I am drawn to the noticeably beautiful parts of the world, but what really interests me are the intricacies. I am always scanning the environment for inspiration. I notice things like the texture of chipping paint on a building, or interesting cracks in a sidewalk. To me, texture adds an element of depth to art that color alone cannot express.
The act of painting is a meditative process. When I begin a piece, often times I have no idea where it will end up. Abstract work is freeing in this way. When you let go of fixating on an outcome, you give yourself permission to become immersed in the process. In today's fast-paced world, we are often so busy thinking about the next thing on our to-do lists, that we lose touch with ourselves. I create abstract expressionist art for this reason. If viewing my work causes someone to pause just long enough to come back to the present moment and feel something they otherwise would not have, then it has served its purpose.
- Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, CT
- Christenberry Collection, Columbia, SC
- "The Gift of Art": Greene Art Gallery, Guilford CT, 2015
- "Little Wonders" Exhibit: LITM, Jersey City, NJ, 2016
- "Chinese New Year Celebration", Featured Artist, ZenSpace, Hoboken NJ, 2016
- "High Impact" Exhibit: LITM, Jersey City, NJ 2016
- "Structure/Deconstructed", Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, CT, Opening Reception: September 10, 2016