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Name: Jamie Isaac, also known as "Jaine Creates"

Location: Washington, D.C.

Bio: Jamie Isaac is a multimedia artist + maker, currently creating and exploring in the Washington, D.C. area. She fully welcomed and embraced her visual identity in 2011, when she realized that it was 100% possible to incorporate everything she loves into her creative journey. She began showcasing her work locally through Washington, D.C. and has also shown in other states such as Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. In 2017, Jaime received her degree in Studio Art from Montgomery College and launched her “Jaine Creates: Handmade and Painted Collection.”

Today, Jamie's work is combination of a variety of mediums. She tends to explore painting, jewelry making, photography , and design. Her work features usage of vibrant colors, abstract subject matter, geometric patterns and lots of Triangles. While Creating , Jamie takes herself on a journey through her subconscious and lets what she's feeling explode into her work. Every step in her process is essential but not intentional. The  enjoyment is in the pure experimentation of making art with different materials. Experimentation is key in my artistic process. Jamie stays true to the saying, “artists can make anything out of nothing.”

Website: jainewashere.com 

Email: jainewashere@gmail.com

Social Media:  IG @jainewashere 

Describe your experience as a transitioning artist. What has prompted you to pursue art on a more full-time basis? 

By day I am a leasing consultant. I rent apartments to those that come looking for a new home. I have always known deep down inside that I have wanted to branch off from a normal 9-5 and run my own art business. My day job doesn't define my passion to create, it just pays my rent. I get to meet new people everyday through my work place , but I can't connect with them in a artistic way. I am unable to truly be myself. As we are now in 2018, I am starting to receive more interest from people and businesses with my artwork. It is more evident to me now than ever before that I need to be my own boss and dedicate more time to my art.

How has your current/past work experience(s) shaped your outlook on your career and long-term goals? 

Time is the biggest thing with working 40 hours a week. I have to  manage my art time around those 40 hours. Sometimes this affects my work because I am sometimes tired or unfocused by the time I get to create.. At my day job I spend my work shifts chatting to customers about their apartment needs, this allows me practice with engaging with someone in a sales environment. From previous jobs, I have obtained pertinent skills like, time management , customer service , sales, and marketing.

What is your favorite medium and why? 

I wouldn't say I have a favorite medium. I prefer to work with different materials available to me at the time of creating . If I had to decide, my go to mediums would include, acrylic paint, markers, and graphite. I love that acrylic is a water based paint, it dries quickly. This allows me a shorter wait time between applications of paint. Markers help me with precision for my line work .

How does your personal style/identity translate into your artwork? 

My artwork is a reflection of my inner self. It's a representation of how I think and perceive the world.

What steps are you currently taking to propel your transition? 

Learning all that I can as far as the business side is concerned. I have begun reaching out to my peers to figure out what works for them and what doesn't and creating a plan of action.

What does being a "black girl who paints" mean to you?

Exactly that, a Black Woman who loves to paint - where I'm free to express myself as I choose and no one else has the power to dictate how I do. I create my own art community while also building my community.