My name is Jamie Swartz, and I have been an oil painter living in the beautiful state of Montana since middle school.  I fell in love with this state the moment I moved here, and I can't imagine life without the intimate connection to the outdoors that life here affords.

As a painter, I feel as though this connection to nature is translated in my work.  I try to capture the essence of the subject--whether it be the twinkle in a cow's eye or the small berries in the clutches of a chickadee's claw.  

Tantamount: I want my paintings to uplift the viewer.  

Life is complicated; art doesn't have to be.