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About the Artist

My life changing experience brought me to the art of painting on silk. From 1966 to 1969 I was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Luzon Mountains of the Philippines. Here I developed my strong interest in orchids and orchid collecting. Upon finishing my Peace Corps program I went to Java and apprenticed under Indonesia Batik Master Bambang Oetoro. This experience has proven to be the major influence in my life and work. 

Upon returning to the United States I opened a silk painting studio in New York City and worked with two exceptional artist. As a studio our works grew exponentially and our paintings sold at galleries and museum gift shops throughout the America. Today I specialize in capris, leggings, large floral paintings and silk and poly chiffon scarves.

My studio is located at 2737 Hyde Park Street, Sarasota, Florida, and is open to the public for studio visits. Please call for appointments, 941-284-7277 or email me at jamie@kirkellsilkstudios.com.  

  

    Silk Painting Workshops:
    • Art Ovation Hotel, Sarasota, FL
    • Bonita Springs Center for the Arts, Bonita Springs, FL
    • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota FL
    • Bok Towers Gardens, Lake Wales, FL
    • Marco Island Art Center, Marco Island, FL
    • Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
    • North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville ,NC
    • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Charlotte, NC
    • Tryon Arts and Crafts School, Tryon, NC
    • Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs, AK
    • Memphis Botanical Garden, Memphis, TN
    • Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
    • Berkshire Hills Retreat Center, Copate, NY
    • Craft Student League, New York, NY
    • Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY
    • Peters Valley Craft School, Peters Valley, NJ
    • Edina Art Center, Edina, MN
    • Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN
    • Oxford Community Art Center, Oxford, OH
    • Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, OH
    • Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, Falls Church, CT
    • Hilton Head Art Center, Hilton Head, SC
    • Taos Art Center, Taos NM
    • Fletcher Farms Craft Center, Ludlow, VT 

     

    Silk Painting Exhibitions:
    • Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL.
    • Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL
    • Bok Towers Garden, Lake Wales, FL.
    • Marco Island Art Center, Marco Island, FL
    • American Horticultural Society, Alexandria, VA
    • North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC
    • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Charlotte, NC
    • Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, OH
    • Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus OH
    • Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, OH
    • Oxford Community Art Center, Oxford, OH
    • Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Memphis Botanical Garden, Memphis, TN
    • State Botanical Garden Georgia, Athens, GA
    • Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
    • Garvin Gardens, Hot Springs, AR
    • Birmingham Botanic Gardens, Birmingham, AL

     

    Museum Exhibitions:
    • Polasek Museum, Winter Park FL.
    • Yeshiva Museum, New York, NY
    • Cleveland Museum of Art, May Show
    • Butler Museum, Youngstown, Ohio

     

     Gallery Exhibitions:
    • Stockton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    • Riggs Gallery, San Diego, CA
    • Lantern Court, Kirkland, OH
    • Norka Gallery, Columbus, OH
    • Jacqueline Galleries, NYC, NY
    • Nancy Stein Gallery, NYC, NY
    • Shirley Scott Gallery, SO, NY
    • Horticultural Society of America, Alexandria, VA
    • Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
    • Michaels on St. Armand's, Sarasota, FL