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Spotlight:  Jamie Mills-Price

To date, Jamie has had 18 books published with her designs: 10 volumes in the “Between the Vines” series, 6 in the “Christmastime Between the Vines” series, and 1 in the new series “Seasons in Time”. A few years ago, she took on the task of publishing and thus has produced and distributed her last seven books. Her largest book “Painting Heartwarming Holidays” was published by North Light Books/F&W Publications in 2006.

You will find Jamie’s books in national arts and crafts chain stores, such as Michael’s, Jo Ann’s, and Hobby Lobby. You can also find her books, DVDs, and pattern packets at her website BetweenTheVines.com and also at VikingWoodcrafts.com and ArtistsClub.com. A lot of the surfaces for her designs are available at ValhallaDesigns.com A variety of her books, DVDs, and pattern packets can be found in shops and websites around the world.

How did you get started painting?
I was first introduced to painting at about 27 years of age. Being recently widowed, with a 6 1/2 year old son and pregnant with another, I had a difficult time handling my grief. A dear friend saw the path I was headed down and talked me into taking a painting class. It helped take my mind off of my troubles and I was soon transported to another place, each time I picked up the brush. I had always been creative and I fell in love with decorative painting. It wasn’t long before my passion was teaching; teaching led to designing and then on to publishing of my original designs as painting books, magazine articles, pattern packets and DVDs.

What type of painting do you do?
I am an acrylic artist and designer.

What has been your biggest challenge?
My endeavor into self-publishing has been my most challenging and rewarding experience professionally.

When did you start using DecoArt products?
I began publishing with them around 1997-98.

What impact do DecoArt’s products have on your work/life?
With the vast array of colors to choose from and the consistent quality of the product, as well the amazing support staff always near if you need them, it makes my work easier, and thus, my life too!

How long have you been a Helping Artist?
Since 1997-98.

What has been your best and brightest moment as a Helping Artist?
I really don’t have any single one best and brightest moment. I consider it a blessing daily to be able to make a living doing something I am passionate about!

What’s your favorite DecoArt product?
Of course I love the DA Americana palette…but I suppose my NEW favorite product is the Glamour Dust Glitter Paint line! I use it with my new monthly Ornament Club and am getting great response from the painters, they are loving it!

What has been your greatest success, so far?
Personally? My children! Professionally…I would say having my designs published in a big Holiday Book by F&W Publications/Northlight, it was a lot of work, but very rewarding. Also being included in the National Museum of Decorative Painting publications…such an honor to be in these. I have been fortunate to travel the world sharing my techniques and love of decorative painting with the painters from other cultures – simply amazing!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully still designing and painting! I have a plethora of ideas and if I can bring even a few of them to fruition, I will be happy!

Who is your favorite artist, and why?
I admire and look up to many artists; one of my favorite has always been Helan Barrick, her endearing designs depicting children have always touched my heart.

Contact information:
Website: www.BetweenTheVines.com
Blog: betweenthevines.typepad.com
Facebook Page: Between the Vines Designs
Twitter: @JamieMillsPrice