Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Jamey Stevenson- For the love of Animals

On the day my day my inspiration Heather Dawn Oswald, for my Santo Paintings: Memento Mori, passed away, 11 years ago on November 5th, I started compiling Artists who are also inspired by something outside of themselves that drives them to create …in between regular blogs, I would like to dedicate some space for the next couple months to Artist Spotlights. Artists like myself whose touch with the Spiritual or Supernatural influenced a life of art making. Stay tuned as every few days I will be rolling out a new Spotlight complete with pictures and an address where you can see more of the Artist’s work.

 Introducing Jamey Stevenson:

I was lucky enough to meet Artist Jamey Stevenson in an online community. She fancied my leather book cover I made for school and she commissioned one for herself. It was then that she explained the art that she does. A very humble person, Jamey is not one to boast or speak much of the dedication it takes to complete a piece. She is the ultimate recycler , collecting the unfortunate animal casualties of the Oklahoma roadways, cleaning and decorating them with a mosaic of sparkling crystals. When she posted a female lynx skull she had just finished I was hoping that she would be open for barter, perhaps we could trade? I ventured and she was excited to. As the last coat of finish dries on the leather, I would like to introduce you to my first Artist Spotlight.

How do you describe what you do? 
I take beautiful animals that have passed away naturally, and celebrate their life by making them beautiful again with crystals and jewels.

How do you receive your inspirations? 
I have always loved animals and tried to do whatever I can to help them. I am a certified wildlife rehabilitator and went to school for veterinary technology. There are an abundance of animals that are killed here in Oklahoma, most people don't care to stop or even take a second look after they have hit something. I always try to stop and see if maybe the animal is still alive, if it is I try to help it or take it somewhere it can be helped. If it has passed away, I get it off the road and take it home to decorate at a much later time.

When did you first notice your connection to the Spirit World? 
I really don't know. 
I do know I started having empathic abilities around 9. It has caused me to be kind of a hermit and stay to myself in "real life". I have finally started to embrace myself over the past few years. I am now in my learning phase.

If you feel comfortable, can you share your faith or path with us?
I am what some people call a Hedgewitch connected to the Goddess.
I am a lifelong learner and will continue to be open minded to everyone and their beliefs.

How does this faith/path express itself through your art?
I am not sure my skull art expresses my path directly, but I do believe it shows my love for animals, their life, and the importance of celebrating life after death.
How can you be contacted about your work from interested collectors?

In Southern tradition, many artists add small tokens of appreciation, called a Lagniappe- along with the piece purchased, or in my case traded for. Jamey created this beautiful red Swaroski Lynx claw which will have an honoured space in my Medicine Bag.

I'd also like to take this time to make the suggestion that the supporting the local American Artist is a great way to help the Economy as a whole, by supporting an artists they in turn take that money to purchase more supplies which keeps folks at the local arts and crafts shops in business. Instead of visiting big box stores that sale cheaply made product , why not give something truly original and made with love?


  1. Thank you so much Angelique. You are an amazing woman, and I am so glad I met you.
    you are so much more of an artist than I, your music, art, everything you do is truly amazing. :)

    Many blessings!
    xoxox Jamey

  2. That was an amazing write up Angelique. Love it. Your awesome.

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