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Accountant-turned-Painter Named 2014 Arts Festival Oklahoma Featured Artist

    (Published: 08-20-14)

Artist Jamie Rice

A self-taught artist from Dallas, TX, Jamie Rice was recently named the 2014 Arts Festival Oklahoma Featured Artist. Her work will be displayed alongside an additional 130 artists at this year's Arts Festival Oklahoma (AFO) on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Labor Day weekend, Aug.30 through Sept. 1.

Rice, who is somewhat new to the professional art industry, has only been on the scene for the past five years. Most of her life, however, Rice has been involved in creative endeavors and has a strong passion for the arts. Rice never thought it possible to pursue a career in the industry, and in fact, completed her bachelor's degree in accounting and even prepped for law school.

Unhappy and doubtful of her career choices, Rice kept feeling compelled to paint. "It made no sense! I had never been a painter; I wasn't very good at it. I had always drawn or sculpted, or built things," she said.

Rice finally created a 4 foot x 6 foot canvas, but it sat blank for months until one day a thought came to her and she went to work. Her first painting, The Big Picture, was completed an entire year later.

The Big Picture is a multidimensional piece covering iconic events from world history that have shaped our lives, with the face of God woven faintly among the scene, framed by hands in the viewing gesture. From this concept, her style was born. From then on Rice learned to listen to her thoughts and ... painted.

While in college, and prior to taking up painting, Rice enjoyed drawing, sculpting, building furniture, and even remodeling homes.

Rice says that her process is highly conducive to commission work; her patrons share their stories and passions and she creates their masterpieces.

In addition to AFO, Rice has displayed her work at the Cottonwood Arts Festival, Deep Ellum Arts Festival and Coconut Grove Arts Festival along with additional shows around the country.

"I enjoy the intimate connections made when meeting people face to face and the high energy, hands-on feel of a festival," said Rice.

Rice currently displays her work at Pop 54 Art Gallery at Midtown, Dallas, TX.

Rice says she's developed her style and made the decision to embrace the unknown, choosing to live an enriched, creative life as an artist, but most importantly, not as a lawyer.

For more information about Rice and her unique art, please visit

AFO features 130 artists displaying pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry and more. The festival also includes food vendors, a children's tent, fireworks and live music all weekend long. On-site parking is $5.

Hours are Sat., Aug. 30 and Sun., Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Mon., Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. OCCC is located at S.W. 74th and May Ave. For more information, call (405) 682-7576 or visit the AFO website at OCCC is located at 7777 South May Avenue.