I started my work life in the usual wayworking in a friend's business, the family business, assuming that I'd be stuffed into an office somewhere in spite of the fact that I got an art degree. My general belief was that art was fine as a hobby, but to depend on it to make a living was foolish. Still, I felt strongly that making art would make me happier than anything else I might choose. I planned my art degree with enough commercial art classes that I hoped someone might hire me. Product photography would keep me employed, I hoped, and I have never regretted that choice. I worked for food and product photographers, and it was a truly awful and fascinating job. The hours were long, the pay was low, and the mass quantities of food were disgusting. I was able to use this skill in a catalog business for many years.
I began making mosaics in 2000. It took a few years before I began to view it as a life's work. There are a lot of tools available in mosaics. Or you can stick to about five tools and popsicle sticksI was very content with that for several years. I attended a mosaic conference and there was glass and stone that required a bigger set of tools and with that, I committed to mosaics in a serious way. I love that mosaics can be very regimented or as loose and organic as an oil painting, that it can be abstract or representational, photo-realistic, cartoonish, and the list of materials is endless. Glass, both opaque and clear, in the form of smalti pizzas, tiles, chunks, stone, metal, marble, pebbles, and 22k gold tile in different colors. There are many different types of mosaicspebble mosaics, micro mosaics, crash glass and on and on. I still love painting and photography, but mosaics are the biggest challenge of all. I work hard to send mosaics out into the world.
Jamie Pink received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas.