Jamie is a prolific artist who sells her work on the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Hear what she has to say about selling work on the street versus the gallery system, how she makes a living, what it is like when she needs health care, and more. She leaves us with a statement that makes us think: What exactly is society’s role in the arts? If you’d like to submit your own story or share your ideas about society’s role in the arts, learn more here.
Jamie was born in Virginia and moved to New York City at 18 years old. She started selling paintings on the subway platforms and in Union Square. She found that New York City was a great experiment in testing the waters of potential life long struggle as an artist. The cost of living stacked up too high against quality of life for her, however, so she moved to New Orleans. She says, “I’m settled in the Big Easy, sell my pictures on the street, and get by alright.”