I am a full-time artist and designer creating both functional and non-functional forms of art. Everything I make is handmade in my studio. I value quality over quantity and each piece is made by me one at a time.
I draw inspiration for creating objects and drawings from investigations of forms found on hikes or found within my gardens, which I am continuously expanding.
I began working with metal in 2007 after graduating with a degree in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. After working a few years in San Francisco as an in house illustrator for a big publishing company, freelancing out my graphic design and illustration services to random startups, working as an on site gardener for an artist community, I decided that floundering around working for other people was never going to be a sustainable, reliable or fulfilling option for me. Instead, I decided to build my own self directed creative career and follow my own path to continue to grow creatively and explore my own ideas.
I love the cross over of identifiable forms in nature with forms that are just out of reach of recognition, but somehow still remain familiar in our consciousness. Discovery and curiosity remain driving forces behind my creativity, structural anatomies and anomalies of plants and animals are of particular interest. I attribute this interest to my days spent in the woods growing up exploring our natural world, discovering the secrets that are always around us.
Born: Lafayette, Louisiana
Grew up in Mississippi
Current home and Studio: Austin, TX
Work In Progress Pictures: http://www.jamiespinello.com/workinprogress.html