Thursday, October 1, 2009

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Jamie Ribisi-Braley

At, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.

In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:

1. What do you do?
2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use

Please read on to find out more about Jamie Ribisi-Braley.

Jamie Ribisi-Braley
Artist & Owner of Sweetland Retreat
Manchester, Maine

What do you do?
I'm an artist working primarily in encaustic paint (beeswax, resin, & pigment) and oil paint. I live in Manchester, Maine where I have just opened up Sweetland Retreat, an artist retreat where you can create in a relaxing setting. We currently have workshops available and are renovating our home to become a Bed & Breakfast for artists and art lovers.

How do you do it?
I make my own encaustic paint and medium from the finest ingredients of pure beeswax, damar resin, and artist ground pigments. I melt my paint on a hot plate and brush it onto my surface, fusing each layer together with a heat gun. It's a very ancient technique and I love that it's making a comeback! It's the best mixture of painting, collage, sculpture, & photography.

My oils have been a bit neglected since I fell head over heels for encaustic. But I'll always love oils for their luminosity and preciseness. The difference between the two are great and that's why I'll always use both of these mediums- oils are great for the Virgo in me who needs to have control; encaustic is perfect for just letting go and following the nature of the wax, never knowing what will happen next.

Why do you use
My colors are very important to me! I work very hard to have pure vibrant colors and I would only use a print company who cared about it as much as I do. I had tried others in the past and none made me as happy as iPfH does! The care that they put in to their packaging alone is enough to make me drool. But their quality is outstanding and their prices can't be beat. I use the Giclee printing option as an affordable way for my customers to have top of the line prints of my work. I know that the color will match perfectly to my specs and that they layout will be exactly as I had ordered. Most of my customers think my Giclees are actually paintings! They look so real. And as if all of that isn't enough-- their customer service is the highest caliber I've come across in a long time.

I have sung the praises of iPfH from the rooftops for a long time now and I'm not about to stop anytime soon!

Contact Information:
Jamie Ribisi-Braley


  1. This is so cool!! Thank you so much!!!

  2. What a pleasure to see Jamie featured here. I posted a link on the Etsy mixed media thread

  3. I admire Jamie, and was thrilled to see her featured here!

  4. Love your work Jamie, found the iPrint blog from Stacey's link over on etsy....

  5. What gorgeous work! This makes me want to learn encaustic .... beautiful colors!

  6. Hello All!

    We've been wanting to run a feature on Jamie since we first saw her work and heard about about Sweetland Retreat. It's exciting to read all the reactions to her story. Thanks for your comments & I'm sure Jamie really appreciates the support! :-D

    Check out our other featured artists here: What, How & Why: A Closer Look

    We'll be adding new stories every week!

  7. I really do appreciate all the support! It's so overwhelming to hear reactions to my work-- I create art very quietly and always on my own so it's great to see reactions when it goes out into the world!

  8. What a great interview! Jamie is a fantastic artist and Sweetland Retreat is such a great place! <3 I'm so glad you featured her here!

  9. Thanks for featuring such a great artist/great person!
    The trees sharing roots is one of my favorite pieces of Jamie's work- it always reminds me of the bond between siblings.

  10. Jamie is an amazing artist, person, friend... what an AWESOME article!!! Congrats on being featured, Jamie!! XOX


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