Jamila was born in England and was raised on the West coast of Canada. Growing up next to the sea, surrounded by mountains she developed a deep love of the outdoors and an admiration for artists who deftly painted trees moving in a storm (Emily Carr, Jack Shadbolt, Group of Seven). Throughout her childhood she travelled with her family across Europe and Morocco (her fathers homeland). Her curiosity in cultures led to her taking a B.A and M.A in cultural anthropology and international development. She spent her career in the corporate sector, working in rural and remote communities around the globe.
In 2010, she and her cheeky 11 year old Labrador immigrated to Australia. The gum trees and Jurassic ferns, the melting of expansive sky in to desert nights captivated her. She lived in Brisbane and Broken Hill. In 2013, while living in the Outback, inspired by that great community of artists, she dabbled in painting and ceramics however, it wasnt until September 2016, that she started teaching herself to paint. She and her husband now live in northern Greece. Her days always start with a walk in the forest behind her house and end watching the sunset over Mount Athos and the Aegean.
Jamilas paintings are infused by the cultures she has lived among and by natures hues. She paints rich expressionist oils with a palette knife and deep, warm acrylic still-life’s. There is always movement and nuanced sightlines. She hopes that her art brings joy in to your home and heart.