We were shooting the wedding of Sara and Jason in October. She was painting the reception. The guests ooohed and ahhed over an artist tucked into the corner painting away with splashes of color. We too – were enchanted. This is how we first met the fabulous Jamie Pickerell of Posta Bella.
How we love Jamie. She’s sweet, full of laughter and especially creative. We love to hear her stories about travel, art and her little pup Bella. Posta Bella evolved from Jamie’s love of creating custom hand-drawn notes and cards for friends and family. Soon after she added custom illustrations and commissions of the very things people love: that hand picked engagement ring. the dress. your family pet.
Then that day in October she officially added live-event painting to her services. Jamie is available for live-event painting at your reception or she can re-create the event from a few photographs. Either way you’re destined to have a custom painted work of art to display in your home. A very cool idea indeed!
Brandon and I recently met up with Jamie at her home in Addison to talk weddings, art and learn more about Posta Bella. After a fun lunch at Greenz, we shot a few portraits and then got a sneak peek inside her studio. Yay pictures!
A little interview with Jamie Pickerell of Posta Bella…
Tell us a little about yourself:
- I grew up in Denver, CO. I moved to Plano, TX when I was 12.
- I graduated from UT Austin in 2003 with a degree in Studio Art.
- I worked at a gallery in Dallas’ design district for four years where I restored and hand-colored antique prints.
Where are you located? I live and work in Addison, TX.
If you could have lunch with any artist (living or dead) who would it be? I would love to meet Mary Cassatt. She is a 19th century American artist who lived and worked in Paris. She fought to get an art education at a time when women were not accepted at many of the prominent art academies. She was a successful member of the impressionist movement and a good friend of Monet.
What’s your favorite snack? I love pretzels. Soft or hard. Or covered in white chocolate. So yummy!
Tell us about your pets: I have a 4 year old Yorkshire Terrier pup named Bella. She is 20 pounds of awesome!
What kind of art do you create? I create all kinds of art. I love to explore different mediums. I frequently draw with art markers. When I paint I switch between watercolors, acrylics, and oils. I also do etchings and woodcuts when I can get access to the equipment. I love to paint things that are bright and shiny. I also love using imagery from vintage pin-ups.
How long have you been an artist? I think my mom would say I have always been an artist. She has a book of my school pictures and each page has a series of questions. Each year my mom would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up and even in preschool I told her to write Artist
How did you get the idea to start painting at weddings? I had already done some drawings of wedding dresses for customers when I was working at the gallery. I was also at the age when all of my friends were getting married and I was a starving artist so I had to come up with good gifts that were cheap. I took some blank cards and some markers to the reception and I drew the dress, the cake, & the bouquet. I gave them to the bride and she loved them. A while later my mom saw a tv show that had an artist doing a painting of the entire reception. One of those shows about fancy weddings. She called me and said “You could do that. You should start doing that.”
What is your favorite color? Purple!
What is your favorite art material? Right now I am really loving watercolor. I just got some new watercolors from Russia that are made from honey and they are wonderful!
Can you stand on your head? No. I am clumsy. I can fall on my face.