Hi! I’m Jamey and I’m a self-taught watercolor and mixed media artist located in Des Moines, Iowa. My little family consists of me, my medical student husband, my sweet boys, Griffin (4) and Oliver (1), and a fat tabby cat name Coodi. I started painting about 4 years ago as a form of creative therapy while caring for my first born. I fell madly and deeply in love with it and haven’t stopped since!
Tell us a little bit about your art style at Jamey Meteer Art.
I create mostly floral and botanical design (flowers, fruit, etc) using watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and ink. My style is kind of impressionist meets illustrator. I like to keep my work feeling light and feminine. Watercolors have a natural softness that I love, so my pieces tend to use that medium the most.
What do you feel is your greatest inspiration?
Mother Nature, for sure. My little family and I love to go on nature walks and hikes; there’s something really invigorating about being outside among the flowers and leaves and trees, it definitely feeds my creative soul.
Do you have other creative passions that you’ve enjoyed exploring aside from painting?
I used to do a lot of theater and actually studied it in college. It’s not super conducive to our lifestyle at the moment though (young kids & medical school), but I’ve been able to direct some plays and even hop in as a cameo for some youth productions I’ve been involved with. I used to share the stage with another interviewee, Aurora Florence, back in high school. She’s the bees-knees when it comes to the performing arts.
I’ve also dabbled in singing/songwriting as well as creative writing. I still enjoy those things, but painting seems to be the best fit for this time and season of my life.
How do you balance creative life with family life?
It’s a lot of work, but totally doable. I’m lucky enough to have our 3rd bedroom in our apartment set aside as a studio, so I’m able to pop in and out through the day to get what I can done while still caring for my kids. I’ve learned to live with interruptions and nap time is held as sacred art time. You have to roll with the punches though, and not get discouraged when you can’t make creating as much as a priority during the day. For example, my baby is cutting teeth right now, so a piece that would usually only take me a few hours to complete has taken a week and half to finish. That’s this season of life though, my little ones need me more than my paints, and that’s ok. I paint when I can, but my family is always top priority.
Is there a motto that you live by?
“Do what you can with what you have where you are.” I think as a women and a wife and a mother AND a creative, there are a lot of high and sometimes extraneous expectations. Some are pressures from the world around us and some are from ourselves. I’m learning to just try my best, work hard with the time, energy, and resources I have, and let the rest be.
What advice would you give to any aspiring artists or creatives?
START. Start painting. Start your novel. Start singing. Sign up for that ceramics class. Try Zumba. Just go for it and see where it takes you. Also, make crappy art. For every piece that looks pretty and complete, is a scrap pile of utter failures. Mistakes are opportunities to learn, but you can’t learn until you make them. So make crappy art.
If you could have lunch with any creative woman in all of history, who would choose and why?
I have been really into the writings of Chieko Okazaki lately. She was an incredible writer, teacher, mother, and leader. She seems like she was the kind of woman other women flocked to because when she walked into a room it filled in with light and joy and love. She suffered some immense trials, yet managed to stay positive and continue serving, teaching, and leading. I aspire to be a creative woman like that, where I create with more than my hands, but also my heart.
What do you love most about being a creative woman?
I think creativity is in our nature. Whether it’s an incredible work of art or an organized sock drawer or home filled with love or a workplace bursting with energy—we women love to CREATE. I love that, and I love that we can share and uplift and teach each other along the way.