Jamie Calkin Athens in the Calkins' favorite flowers
I was born in Michigan, raised in Harrisburg, PA, and lived in North Carolina for 5 years where I taught high school and completed a masters degree. A few years back, my wife, Katie, and I came to Athens, Georgia. I taught at Oglethorpe County High School and earned a doctorate at UGA in Science Education. My dissertation was focused on using the visual arts to learn science in elementary school. I am currently a part-time assistant professor at UGA. Painting began to creep into my 'real job,' as a research tool and as an alternative method of teaching/learning. Painting has also become an important part of my travels. My trips to Central Mexico and the Salmon River in Idaho illustrate that. I started drawing and painting in 1996 while I was a graduate student in North Carolina. Since then, I have taken numerous drawing and watercolor classes, mainly from the Georgia Center and the Lyndon House Arts Center.
I started selling my paintings at Athfest in 2000. The artisan market at Athfest and the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s Southworks and Holiday Markets are my favorite annual art shows. I do commissions for individuals and businesses and regularly support non-profits through art auction donations. I have over 20 different prints for sale around town. I can often be seen painting downtown or on campus and driving through Athens in my art van.
My wife, Katie, and I have two wonderful daughters named Violet and Ruby. Much of my days are spent playing with and taking care of my daughters as a work at home dad. We live on the eastside of Athens in Green Acres Neighborhood and have a studio in our home where we hold an annual Christmas open house along with neighbor artist, John Ahee.