Jamie Craddock-Johnson Biography
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh For all practical purposes, I should not be or consider myself an artist. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a degree in Marketing in 1989. I had a very successful career in the energy business and now I split my time between our cattle ranch in Crockett, Texas and my cabin in the mountains in Gilbert, Arkansas; but here I am following the words of one of my famous artist and painting. Largely a self-taught artist, I prefer to work with watercolors and ink. I appreciate the vibrant colors and details I get using this combination. I don’t want to be constrained by one medium; but let the subject I am painting inspire what medium I use. When I paint, the world around me goes away and I am totally at peace with myself (and having many life tragedies) – this is why I paint! I primarily paint people, animals and nature landscapes; these are the things that inspire me. I love to look at a photograph of a person and try to interpret and tell their story through my painting. I also want to push the boundaries of what people consider beautiful and show that we all are beautiful in our own light. One thing is for certain, being able to explore my art as a second career has made me appreciate every minute of my journey and I look forward to seeing what the future holds.
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