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Jamie Derr - Artist

About Jamie Derr

Learn more about Jamie Derr from Cranston, RI - United States.

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As a musical artist for over 20 years under the name Jamie LaPearle, I explored different musical genres without limitations while manipulating different rhythms and tones to convey my intention and emotion. The visual arts parallel in the way that I feel no marriage to any particular paint mediums such as watercolors, oils or acrylics, to express an idea. I find the flow and ease of the oil enable me to emanate warm, soft, intimate, and inviting pictures. Painting the planes of the human face with oil is uninhibited and creates a lively, yet muted expression. Acrylic paint requires confident, bold strokes which create vibrant and dramatic pieces, and I often use watercolor for more atmospheric expressions, which tend to exude an airy and almost naive quality.

I am passive to the medium and the paint leads me. I do not usually know what I am visualizing until I see it emerge on the canvas, making me an intuitive artist. Capturing the essence of the subject matter can feel otherworldly.

Much of my personality bleeds through the work as well. Impulsiveness and perfectionism keep me swinging back and forth between Realism and Impressionism. The combination between the two guides me, yet I am still in control of the idea.

At the core, I am often inspired by organic forms. I enjoy brushstrokes that flow and I tend to shy away from linear and rigid lines often seen in manmade structures. The roundness of human features to the flow of ocean water allows me to enjoy the freedom of continuous movement. Perhaps it is rebellious, but I do not appreciate feeling restrained while capturing a form.

In regards to the subject matter, I truly believe that the eyes are the window to the soul. Human expression is very important to me, it is also essential right now. I seek to drive home the importance of seeing another's perspective, for we see everyone so differently in a unique way. I yearn to create art that serves as a basis for a connection between the artist, subject, and viewer. Portraits continue to be a principal part of my work because the human psyche fascinates me. I tirelessly crave to understand humanity. I have sought to explore this further intellectually while studying psychology at Wellesley college and experienced deep emotional connections while connecting with the audience during various musical performances. With intention, passion, and creativity I aim to create pieces now and into the future that have depth and meaning while allowing my work to evolve.


2021 Everything Summer Little Picture Show, Spring Bull Gallery,55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
2020, 2021 Holiday Little Pictures, Spring Bull Gallery,55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
2017 Celebration of Color Juried Exhibition, Rhode Island Watercolor Society; 831 Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket, RI
2017 22nd Fakes and Forgeries, Spring Bull Gallery,55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
2016 Angels Benefit, Invitational at Larkin Gallery,405 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
2016 Gallery Opening at Sprout RI Sprout Gallery, 166 Valley St, Providence, RI
2016 Providence Rotary Club Annual Paint off Dryden Gallery, 27 Dryden Ln, Providence, RI
2015 2015 Benefit Art Auction, Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park St, Attleboro MA
2015 Les Petites Oeuvres en Ete, Spring Bull Gallery,55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
2015 FACES Post Office Gallery Juried Exhibition, 38 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA
2015 2015 Flower Show Juried Exhibition, Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park St, Attleboro, MA
2014,2015 Members Show, Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA
2014, 2015 Holiday Open House Invitational at Hope Gallery, 437/435 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
2014 Earth, Wind, Fire & Water Juried Exhibition, Hope Gallery, 437/435 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

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Jamie Derr joined Licensing on May 21st, 2021.