Bursting with vivid colors, big skies, shifting light and swirling shapes, the paintings of Jami Tobey are uniquely satisfying and brilliantly original.
The daughter of acclaimed Southwest sculptor Gene Tobey, Jami has quickly emerged as her own force in the art world, producing radiant impressionistic paintings that are commissioned for exclusive private residences, non-profit organizations, fundraising efforts and auctions. Jami was Southwest Art Magazine’s Artist to Watch in 2006.
The West Coast painter is perhaps best known for her intricate landscapes and tree paintings, where colors speak — and sometimes shout — with the emotion and energy of the subject. Using layers of acrylics and metallic ink, Jami’s smooth visual rhythms awaken fields of color that glow like stained glass. Her work reveals a mastery of form, combined with a love for the natural world and its breathtaking majesty.
Growing up in an artistic household in New Mexico, Jami worked alongside her father in his studio where she was exposed to a spectrum of media, styles and techniques. She cites her father as her best teacher, her motivator and the foundation of her artistic endeavors.
Motherhood has brought more focus to Jami’s work in ways both predictable and unexpected. When her oldest child, Tobey, was diagnosed with Autism at age two, Jami quit her teaching job to care for him. She then found the time to paint while Tobey was in school and again at night, transforming her art into a creative outlet and fulfilling her dream as an artist.
She works out of her home studio where she lives with her husband and two children.