Since graduating with a degree in art education from Oregon State University, Jami has maintained her love of watercolor painting. She married a career marine, and had a unique opportunity to travel, see and appreciate the many landscapes, people and animals of the United States and many foreign countries. She taught art for many years in public schools across the country and overseas. Being retired from full-time teaching, Jami now spends more time pursuing her love of watercolor and plein air painting. She does offers watercolor lessons at her home studio. She has published her first e book for Amazon entitled, How To Paint A Lighthouse In Watercolor. She calls her style “impressionistic realism”.Working quickly and fairly loose, she advocates focusing on values especially lights and darks, working from big to small shapes and keeping brushstokes to a minimum. Jami won 1st Place at the last Art in the Pines Plein Air Competition held at the Torrey Pines Preserve, as well as the Western Fed Watercolor show in Denver a few years ago. Presently, she is an active member of the San Diego Watercolor Society as well as Foothills Art Association.