Hi! I’m Jamie. Welcome to my website!
I’ve spent my life oscillating between two great loves.
At the ripe age of four, I found a blank sheet of paper to be the most magical thing in the world. I could just about draw a blob that barely resembled a dinosaur, and that was incredible. More incredible still were the people—and mermaids!—that I could pen at six. And what happened over a decade later, at age 20, was nothing short of the most incredible: I took my tablet pen and painted a political illustration that shot me to over 4000 followers on Instagram.
But art has never been my only interest. At age nine, the magic of the blank sheet of paper branched off and became lined. I bought a notebook with three kittens on it and wrote a story about them with no pictures, just words. At age 13, I started my first novel that I showed to every friend who would heed me, and at age 17, I finished writing 150,000 words of what would become my first complete novel draft.
I entered UCSB undeclared, even though I knew that I wanted to major in either art or English. Eventually, I picked English, but ended up taking so many classes in my throwaway art minor that it soon made little sense not to keep it.
My work experience reflects this split of passion. I interned for UCSB’s Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) Division, in which I’ve held three positions. In all of these internships—Editorial Intern, Webmaster, and Copyediting Intern—I’ve worked with words: making events into words, reworking research through words, writing and editing and re-editing with words. And yet, I’ve also jumped on amazing opportunities to design images for event promotion and even to personally create over a dozen potential icons for HFA to use on its website and social media, out of which the official design was chosen with input from faculty and the Dean of the Humanities and Fine Arts.
Most recently, I’ve worked as the Brand Editorial Intern at Sonos, where I’ve learned to adapt my tools to the art of brand writing, with a hint of my passion for design.
I’ve spent my life agonizing over choosing one of my passions as my only path. When I was six, I wanted to be an artist. When I was 13, I wanted to be a writer. And now, I’ve realized that I can be both.
So if you need me, you can find me painting into the wee hours of the night, or trying to write America’s next greatest novel (or at least trying to break the Top 100).