"I feel a sense of identity when I create my artwork. This is what my ancestors did to tell their stories. Now it is my turn to tell my stories and share them with the world."
Jamie Nole is from the Tahltan Nation and Nisga’a Nation of the Ganada House – Frog clan. She currently resides in Terrace, British Columbia. She is a multitalented artist with a natural creativity, helping her learn First Nations Fine Arts, Cedar Bark Weaving, and a variety of other artistic mediums.
Since Jamie could pick up a pencil, her natural artistic talent was encouraged by her supportive parents. She was provided with her own work space, including a desk with all the supplies she ever needed and a lot of praise. When Jamie was 7 years old, she began to learn Northwest Coast art with her art teacher Huey Carlick. At this age, Jamie also learned how to sew a button blanket and made her first crest design.
While Jamie was in high school she learned the strict rules of First Nations Fine Arts through Todd Stephens. She graduated in 2011 with the help of her very supportive teachers who always pushed her to do her best and never give up on her dream of becoming a successful artist.
Jamie sold her first painting in 2011, and did her first commission in 2012. In 2013, Jamie won a design contest for the Terrace Nisga’a dance group. In 2014, Jamie won a contest designing a community mural with the Terrace Nisga’a Office, and later was contracted to paint the mural. In 2015, Jamie acquired her first set of limited edition prints of her painting the “Pregnant Frog Woman”. The painting has a lot of meaning to her and represents the start-up of her business Injane’s Art Life. Jamie also graduated from the Freda Diesing school of Northwest Coast Art in 2017, which is instructed and mentored by world renowned artist Dempsey Bob, Stan Bevan, Ken McNeil, and Dean Heron.
Jamie’s goal is do what she always wanted to do as a child – to be an artist.
As a Northwest Coast Artist I take a modern approach to the traditional form line using bold colors and slight differences. My intent is to continue with the age old cultural practice of story-telling within my designs. Art has always been a part of my life; I live in creativity and seek new ways to improve my skills, which is one of the reasons I am attending the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. Over the past year, I was passionate about two paintings I created and noticed there was a bigger audience; therefore I was encouraged to make duplications. After some research, I decided that silk screen prints would be the professional way to move forward in starting my private business. Since then, I have been selling the serigraph prints throughout North America from my website “Injanes Art Life”. Now, I am enjoying the newly learned skill of wood carving, and look forward to displaying the wooden sculptures in galleries, and making sales to art collectors. In the past, my artwork reflected the hardships I’ve experienced in life. Now, it is expanding outward and I am inspired by life events all around me. I like to offer assistance when requested; and in the future, I plan to share my wisdom by teaching apprentices what I have to offer. I feel the art form has a deeper meaning to the various shapes and the rules that are followed. I believe there is an inner spiritual meaning behind each shape: The ovoid is the embryo of life: the U shape is the feminine aspect; the T shape is the masculine aspect; the S shape is the spiral of life; the fine lines represent the sensitive areas of life; and the broad lines represent the times when life just flows. I see these symbols of life all around me in nature and subconsciously connect to them. I have been drawing for a very long time; it keeps me grounded when I am off-balance and quickly brings me back to reality. I feel a sense of identity when I create my artwork. This is what my ancestors did to tell their stories; now it’s my turn to tell my stories and share them with the world.
Artist's Curriculum vitae
2016 Northwest Community College Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, Certificate of First Nations Fine Arts,
2016 Arts of the North, Waap Galts’ap Longhouse, NWCC, Terrace, BC
2016 Annual Freda Diesing Student Exhibition, Terrace Art Gallery, Terrace, BC
2016 Freda Diesing Student Art Exhibition, Kitimat Museum and Archives, Kitimat, BC
2015 Lunch & Learn Lecture Series – Nisga’a Art and Murals with Jamie Nole, Heritage Park Museum, Terrace, BC
Spiers, Margaret: “One of a Kind”, Terrace Standard, Vol. 27 No. 43, February 17, 2016: p. A10. Print.
Nole, Jamie Interview with MacKay, Sheryl: “Terrace Art Gallery shows work of students from Freda Diesing School, North by Northwest, CBC News, February 7, 2016: n.pag. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
Spiers, Margaret: “Artist Shares Her Stories”, Terrace Standard, Vol. 27 No. 17, August 19, 2015: p. A10. Print.
Byfield, Bruce: “Jaimie Katerina Nole, “The Pregnant Frog Woman”, Off the Wall, Blog, May 26, 2015: n.pag. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
2015, Art Workshop Facilitator, Strengthening Our Future, Nisga’a Lisims Government Terrace Office
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2016, YVR Art Foundation Scholarship