Jamie Allen


      Jamie R. Allen is a fine artist living on the island of ‘Oahu. Jamie’s original mixed media pieces are a visual delight with an incredible use of color, composition and feeling! Jamie’s Hawaiian-inspired landscapes are created with environmental objects from both land and sea. Through an intricate layering process, Jamie’s focus is on subject matter that is gathered from her daily encounters with the world around her. She gathers and registers objects of beauty, ideas of time, land, and the cycle of life. Examples can range from tiny seeds, berries or a wide range of flowers. She is especially inspired by color combinations and surface textures. Jamie combines all this gathered information to create her own artistic images that mix ideas from past and present.

      She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 with a BFA in Fine Arts and received her MFA from Montclair State University in New Jersey. After graduating, she moved to Hawai‘i to be closer to her grandmother and well known Hawai‘i artist Joan Allen, Jamie began teaching at the college level at Hawai‘i Pacific University and continued her painting. The demands of a successful art career has cause Jamie to focus on her painting full time. Jamie has quickly become one of Halele‘a’s most successful artists. Her original works are now found in collections across the world. Jamie focuses on original pieces in a variety of sizes. She has also been featured in some prestigious commercial projects. We feature most of her current larger pieces on the website. Please contact us for more information on small works or commercial projects.

My practice as an artist reflects how I aspire to live my life, one that nurtures nature and the wellbeing in life. I believe where our energy goes our attention flows. Choosing to put my energy towards these elements constructs gratitude for each moment. Navigating my physical and mental environments through the process of art making has become a journey of learning and self-awareness. Mark-making, similar to meditation, is a means for me to cultivate mindfulness, strengthen inner peace and explore self-expression. Often the dance that is choreographed between painting and drawing is one of being present, slowing down, observing, and listening. The process of creating my work constantly flows between fluidity and control. Im interested in how ideas arrive and how a painting develops over time. Much like life, I do not have a clear image of what the final piece will look like which causes me to be present with the journey. Everyday encounters and objects will merge between figurative and the literal. Whether it is a specific location, a conversation, a particular plant, or piece of literature, each will contribute to the complexity of the piece. The history within the layers of painting and drawing is a dialogue about time, growth, and life; exposing an environment that takes on meaning within and beyond plant or ocean matter. The diaristic approach to my work continually re-defines beauty and reveals elements of nature often overlooked. I believe our life unfolds with our intentions and as a result I choose to nourish that which brings joy. My paintings are nourishing, universal, explorative, and engaging. They invite the viewer to pause, reflect upon that what gives life and loose themselves within my constructed environment. 

Hawaii State Art Museum x Mori. Two Woman exhibition. research with Bishop Museum.

Feb/March 2019


O’ahu. Bishop Museum Gala Event. 2018


O’ahu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Excellence. Honolulu Museum School. Oahu 2018


Symphony of Hawaiian Birds. Stop Motion Animation. Blaisdell Concert Hall. Oahu. 208-current Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death Benefit Donation. Department of Land and Natural Resources Forestry Program and the Lyons Estate. Big Island. May 2018


National Association of Women Artists. 2018


Winter Small Works Exhibition. NYC, NY "Surround"  Solo Exhibition.  Pegge Hopper Gallery.   Oct-Nov 2016

Collaborative Portrait Project RISD.   Artist: Susan Bickford. RISD Oct. 2015

Possessions: Prized and Otherwise.   Attleboro Arts Museum, Mass.  June 2015.

Water. Michigan Tech University.  2015

Santa Fe Residency solo show: Halelea Gallery, Hawaii

Santa Fe Art Institute exhibit and lecture: SFAI140

Hawaii Pacific University Faculty exhibit. Spring 2013/2014

Contempo. Honolulu Art Museum Benefit.  2013. 

Amalgamate . Find Art.  39-Hotel/Flux Magazine. Chinatown, HI. 2012

Emerging Artist Group Exhibit. Koa Gallery, KCC, Honlolulu. May-June 2012

Hawaii Pacific University Faculty Exhibit. Spring 2012

Solo Exhibit. Spalding House Cafe. Honolulu Museum of Art. April-Jun 2012

Chai Studios. Honolulu, Hawaii  Nov-Jan 2011

Town.  Honolulu, Hawaii.  June-July 2011

Vermont Studio Residency.  July 2011

Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, 7th International Juried Exhibition, New Jersey 2010

Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI Summer 2010

Speak Easy Gallery,  Window Solo-Exhibit.  Boonton, NJ Summer 2010

Ramapo College, Solo Exhibition. Mahwah, NJ. Spring/Summer 2010

Passaic Community College, Solo Exhibition. Paterson, NJ. Pending 2010

Lana Santorelli Gallery, “Re-awakening” Nature Exhibit. Chelsea, NYC March 2010

Perth Amboy Arts Center, “Many Faces of Eden” Perth Amboy, NJ March 2010  

Solo Exhibit: Barn Theater, Montville, NJ Jan 2010

Measured: Solo Faculty Exhibit. Masten Gallery, County College of Morris. Nov-Dec 2009

Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts: Mid Atlantic Juried Exhibition 2009