Longing for a break from the dreariness of the business school, I began painting again, fueled by
the knowledge that artistic endeavors, and not number crunching would provide me sanity,
refuge, joy and expression. My specific turning point came one day, when drowning in the study
of accounting, leapt from my dining chair, grabbed the nearest paints, and began what
became a mural eventually covering five walls.

The process to painting this mural imbued many enduring friendships, provided a re-awakineing
of my self awareness, and made me accept my true purpose.

Part of a raggedy group, a funky band of creatives in those college days, we painted everything
in sight, strung giant sculptural installations in trees, wove oversized string art, and generally
immersed ourselves in artistic experimentation.

After graduating with my "practical degree", I experimented with sculpture and sculptural
furnishings, painting on  various surfaces: leather, grass cloth, canvas, enrolled in private drawing
lessons, and studied stacks of library books, emulating master works on paper with alternative
materials in my own style. The sculpture, furnishings and paintings were exhibited in Dallas and in
other Texas cities.

One particular exhibit, titled Industrial Man, featured an "electrified" chair, satirizing humankinds
lack of humanity and kindness, and our   industrial expedience.

In 1995, I decided to pursue painting full time, and to focus my direction on purely abstract
expression. exploring the spiritual and sensual nature of life.
My artistic pursuits began at a young age, by my 6th year, private lessons provided me
with the opportunity to learn color mixing, landscape. Delightfully engaged in the
enjoyments of  painterly life - the smells of oil paint and  turpentine, the swooshing
sound of brushes on canvas, the sticky pattering of dabbing in paint,-seeing my
ideas and emotions come to life on canvas. My experiences in those years would
stay with me long after my much encouraged detour toward more "practical pursuits"


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Jamie Labar
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