We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Koplin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie, how do you think about risk?
When I think about risk, I think about all of the things I’ve accomplished by taking risks. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t take the risks I did. I used to be agoraphobic, but now I can travel and even moved across the country to start a new life here in LA. Risks are essential to my artwork as well. Working with watercolors and ink is always risky. Things just kind of move where they want to, and the end result is never exactly how I pictured it. Some of my favorite artworks have started as one idea, but surprised me by doing their own thing – turning into something completely beyond what I imagined. I surprise myself when I take risks, and I think a person can only grow by taking risks. Risks have taught me how to be a better artist, a better person, and how to cope with changes in a more mindful way.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is always an act of mindfulness. It’s a sort of meditation where I can lose myself in the process. My art has taught me that life is not about the end result, but rather about the journey. It’s definitely not always easy. I have to push myself to get over the many challenges I face as a creative person: Getting over blocks, facing my own demons, recovering from past traumas, healing myself, bringing something new to the world, and compromising with myself when things don’t turn out the way I imagined they would. Art helps me heal, and I hope I can inspire others to use creativity as a sort of therapy.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love living in LA county, and I would highly recommend checking out Long Beach. There are some fantastic restaurants, beautiful murals throughout the city, a rad dog beach (heaven on earth for animal lovers), and some really fun places to visit. I would take my guest to eat at the creepy and quirky 4th Horseman pizza. We’d also check out Sura Korean BBQ for their amazing vegan options. We’d grab a drink on 2nd street, and go to zFabrique for an other-worldly experience.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shout out to my partner, Patrick, for always encouraging me to take risks, being there as emotional support when I take risks, and for always helping me push my boundaries to grow into a better person.
All images were created and photographed by Jamie Koplin