Jamie Dickson is an artist who lives in Burgessville, Ontario, Canada.
While trained at the Ontario College of Art (AOCA) in the early ’70s, he has only recently returned to painting in his retirement years, starting in 2013. In the years between, he pursued a career in marketing, advertising, and ultimately industrial design. He has been a professional member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers (ACIDO) for the past thirty years.
Born in Québec City, Jamie spent much of his youth traveling across Canada as an army brat living on Canadian Forces Bases like CFB Chilliwack, British Columbia and CFB Valcartier, Québec while his father, the Major, pursued his career in science working for the Royal Military College of Canada and the National Defense Research Council in Ottawa, Ontario.
While in Ottawa, Jamie spent summers at the Britannia Yacht Club training to become a sailing instructor. This served him well, as later employment at Port Credit Yacht Club and Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club allowed him to earn enough to go to the art college of his choice.
Upon graduation from the Ontario College of Art, he settled in Toronto, Ontario where he worked in the design field for several years and eventually established, with his wife Sharryn, an industrial design consultancy which operated out of the Design Centre at King and Dufferin Street.
Both Sharryn and Jamie are avid sailors and, at different times, took two sorties of a year and half each to sail their 41′ cutter from Toronto to the Caribbean and back. They are founding members of Lakeshore Yacht Club in Etobicoke, Ontario.
Also an avid skier, Jamie has been a member of Caledon Ski Club for fifty years.
Since he retired in 2013, he has renovated the loft space of his garage into an artist’s studio and has finally found the time to paint as much as he would like. He also pursues life drawing through a program offered by the Woodstock Art Gallery.
Much of Jamie’s life experiences have involved the outdoors and it is his awe of nature that has most influenced his painting style. In his travels to Europe, he has been most inspired by the French impressionists, the Dutch Masters, and the English Landscapists. While at home, he is drawn to the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, Homer Watson, Cornelius Krieghoff, Paul Peel, Norval Morrisseau and, of course, can’t escape the influences of Robert Bateman.