ABOUT THE ARTIST
"My goal as an artist is to capture nature’s inspiring moments and share them with others. The moment could be an intricate shawl of frost on a crispy autumn leaf or the backlit tuft of fur on a black bear’s arm. I hope when you hang my artwork in your home it will remind you of your own time spent outdoors whenever you look at it.”
Jamie Wilke is a Colorado landscape and wildlife artist. She thrives on the varied natural beauty where she lives in the small foothills town of Palmer Lake, Colorado. Jamie paints mainly in watercolor and oil, and she gets her art inspiration from the rolling fields, cattle ranches, open space trails and single track trails in the Rocky Mountains and in the Pike National Forest just blocks from her house.
Jamie supports conservation with a portion of her fine art sales. Her mission is to help protect the forests, landscapes and animals that she loves to paint.
Wilke grew up in the dairy farming countryside near Appleton, Wisconsin. When she wasn’t playing sports or recreating outside, she was drawing on paper and painting animals on rocks every chance she could get.
Jamie’s art training consisted of attending 4-H drawing and painting workshops and competing at the Outagamie County Fair. She also took one watercolor class in college “just for fun” from watercolorist Mary Ann Beckwith while earning her Scientific & Technical Communication degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.
After college, Jamie moved to Colorado Springs, CO, designed websites and started a family. When she turned 38, she took her first private art lesson and remembered that creating art was her true passion. Jamie made the career change and now works in watercolor, oil, pastel and charcoal. She is thrilled to be creating art regularly and learning from other artists. Jamie welcomes online orders and actively accepts commissioned art requests.
In her free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being outside running, hiking, camping, skiing and gardening. She is a mid-distance trail runner and is proud to have completed the very vertical half-marathon race, the “Pikes Peak Ascent“, five times. She is an organizer and long term member of a local running club in Palmer Lake, the Palmer Divide Run Club, and she also plays recreational indoor volleyball.
American Watercolor Society (AWS) – Associate Member since 2023
Palmer Lake Art Group – Artist Member since 2020
Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts – Artist Member: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022
JURIED SHOWS & EVENTS
- Palmer Lake Art Group: Winter Show – Palmer Lake, CO – 2023, 2022, 2020
- Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts: Member Art Show – Palmer Lake, CO – 2022, 2018, 2017, 2016
- Palmer Lake Art Group: Small Works Show – Monument, CO – 2022
- Palmer Lake Wine Festival: Artist Vendor – Palmer Lake, CO – 2022, 2021
- Bella Art & Frame: July Featured Artist (Solo Show) – Monument, CO – 2022
- Palmer Lake Art Group: Color Splash Show – Palmer Lake, CO – 2021, 2020
- Center for the Arts Evergreen: Wonders of Winter Exhibition – Evergreen, CO – 2020/21
publication FEATURES & press
Bachelor of Science Degree in Scientific & Technical Communication
at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. 1996-2000.
PROFESSIONAL ARTIST TRAINING
group workshops & CLASSES
Mary Ann Beckwith