Nestled within the northwest corner of the Hollywood neighborhood of Woodinville, is the home of Picket Fence Art Studio. It’s a simple, but radiant retreat connected to a beautiful home that sits on over an acre of land that is the perfect setting for an artist to thrive.
Though her studio may be modest, it breathes life and is the perfect medium for a mind to relax and meditate on creating art, and in Jamie’s case, oil painting, fusing glass, making pottery and editing photographs. The studio walls are lined with a myriad of her oil paintings illuminated by sunlight pouring in through sloping skylights above. The flooring is composed of smooth, grey slate tiles on which Jamie orchestrates her magic.
As an inspiring young artist, Jamie had a passion for photography. Some of her photographs were so impressive that the Associated Press bought the rights to a number of them. With the proceeds, she invested in her first dark room equipment and began developing her own film and prints. Photography was the first step on a path that eventually led to painting.
Before Jamie’s art career took flight, she studied at the University of Iowa College of Law, and practiced law in Iowa and Illinois for a number of years; but only long enough to pay off her student loans. Practicing law didn’t satisfy her artistic nature so she did the unthinkable; Jamie walked away from her career as a lawyer and immersed herself in the work she truly loved. She realized that art would not only be a career, but also a joy in life substituted by nothing else.
Now, during the Autumn months, she parts from her studio to study under the direction of some of the most accomplished Russian impressionist painters around, including Pam Ingalls, Henry Stinson, Jennifer Diehl, and Cheri Christensen. This is a retreat she looks forward to every year. When not in in the company her mentors, she travels the far corners of the globe to capture interesting scenes through the lens of her Canon SLR camera.
“True happiness lies in trusting your own judgment and making choices to spend your life in your own way.”J Lightfoot
In a pair of comfortable blue denim overalls decorated with smears of colored paint, Jamie is right at home in front of an easel or behind a pottery wheel. In her studio, equipped with an array of brushes, a pallete of paints, a blank canvas and her imagination, she recreates captured photographic images of her travels (Iceland, Scotland, Easter Island and more) into paintings.
The end result is her unique interpretation. A subject is brought to life by a hint of white pigments that mimic the effects of the sun, or a room light cast from behind. This style of presentation is an example of Russian Impressionism. Her paintings create an illusion of something about to take place in that captured moment, and engage the viewer’s focus. The only way to truly appreciate her creations and experience their charm is to view them in person.
In May of 2019, 17 artists had their fine art on display during the Second Annual Studio Tour, put on by the Woodinville Art Alliance. Over 400 art enthusiasts toured Picket Fence and 8 other art studios. If you are interested in meeting Jamie Lightfoot and seeing her original art work, Picket Fence Art Studio is open by invitation only. Some of her paintings are for sale at the Bunnell Family Cellars wine tasting room, located in the Warehouse District of Woodinville.
View some of Jamie Lightfoot Paintings.