Jamie has a degree in Fine Art in Bath and is a member of the Lake Artists Society. He grew up in Cumbria, taking his foundation course in Art and Design at Carlisle, before moving down to the Bath area in 1993. On graduation he was selected four times for exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London, winning two Young Artist competitions in watercolours and oils. As a result his work was taken on by galleries in Kensington, Warriner Gardens SW11, Suffolk, Lincoln and Hampshire, and he became a member of the Bath Society of Artists, exhibiting his work there and up in Cumbria 2002-2016.
Jamie met his wife Caroline on the banks of Lake Galilee in 2019 and March 2020 he moved to London to get married - arriving only hours before the first lockdown. From here he has decided to pursue a career in painting full-time, with the encouragement of his wife. Moving back to his roots up in Cumbria in 2022, he now lives a mile from the Solway coast facing Scotland, with its wide beaches, ever-changing weather and dynamic clouds loaded with inspiration. In 2022 he was voted in as a member of the Lake Artists Society at Grasmere, of which his father Tom Oldham had been a much-respected member in Jamie’s childhood.
Jamie loves the work of the landscapists Fred Cumming and Kurt Jackson, but his greatest influence (and greatest teacher) has been his late father Tom. Jamie enjoys working in several genres - landscape, still life and bird portraits - with multiple media including acrylics, oils and cold wax.
He is currently taking regular commissions for landscape as well as exhibiting work in Cumbria and London. He works between his studio and the open air - on the beach looking over to Scotland, from his garden facing the Lake District fells, and deeper into the Lakes in the summer season. He is enjoying working alongside other artists.