Feather painting by Jamie Homeister
American self-taught artist Jamie Homeister was born in California but grew up in Canada. She started painting birds and wild animals on feathers just in 2010. Her art is inspired by Native American culture and her own Canadian heritage. Lots of her parrot-feather paintings depict the parrots from whom the feathers themselves fell, the artist says. Very often Jamie Homeister receives the feathers from the people who commission her to paint images of their birds. Naturalist at heart, she finds feather-work to be an incredibly humbling media. “The feathers splice, buckle, splinter and shed under the weight of paint.” Jamie Homeister has always been intrigued by the “lifestyles of all those who walked this Earth before us”, so feather painting has always made sense to Jamie Homeister.
Jamie Homeister was born in California but grew up in Canada with her mother and older siblings. They moved around a lot, mostly to rural towns surrounded by Native American reservations. As a child she would lose herself for hours, fearlessly wandering the woods and listening to tales the forest shared with her.
She started with the traditional approach of painting Wild Turkeys. Although she had a “natural” talent for it, she wasn’t very good in the beginning. Wild Turkeys have the ugliest faces and painting them was horribly boring. Painting parrots gave her huge personal satisfaction because they meant something to someone.
“To me, the forest is alive with such primal energy that is beautifully honest and raw. Even though the animal kingdom is different from our own, we still can connect and intertwine if we only allow ourselves to. Painting my spirit-feathers is a way I honor my childhood friends, who for all intensive purposes were very human to me, and personally connects me back to an age of emotional simplicity”.
Peacock will teach the power of watchfulness and the strength of mental, emotional and spiritual foundations and the structure and balance of those qualities. Peacock allows greater wisdom to be accessed along with the awareness of the many different aspects of beauty that surrounds you.
Parrot teaches listening to nature and awakening to the language within using intuition for more open communications. They bridge understanding and will show you a deeper subtle harmony inherent in all things. Parrots show intelligence, good temperament and a sense of diplomacy.
The owl is a spirit animal, it guides you to see beyond the veil of deception and illusion; it helps see what’s kept hidden. The owl symbolizes the ability to cut through illusions and see the real meaning of someone’s action or state of mind
The red fox. The fox as a spirit animal can turn into a teacher providing guidance on swiftly finding your way around obstacles. Responsive, sometimes cunning, this power animal is a great guide when you are facing tricky situations.