Talis Jayme may be small, but her work is mighty and her spirit is as pure as the angelic wings she paints. A wife, a mother, an educator, and owner of Perdido Key’s Artworks Gallery, Jayme is a superwoman that seems to do it all.
Born in Dallas Texas, Jayme spent most of her formative years in Opelousas, Louisiana. Always a lover of art, Jayme set her sights on an art degree upon her entry to Ole Miss, and later turned to education. From there, Jayme spent the next several years teaching K-12, becoming a member of the Arts in Education Panel for the Louisiana State Arts Agency.
Jayme later stepped into a very different role professionally when she became the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Doctor’s Hospital of Opelousas and Opelousas General Hospital. For years, her work took her focus away from art, and Jayme said she felt that part of her was missing.
A chance encounter with an old flame renewed Jayme’s spirit, and upon marrying her beloved husband John, Jayme felt the beach calling her name. “I had an opportunity to house sit at the beach for a few weeks for my aunt. John and I hopped in the car, and never looked back. It was the best thing we ever did,” said Jayme.
Once Jayme began living on the Gulf Coast, the beauty surrounding her inspired her to once again turn to her first love, art.
Jayme’s love for art and hunger to keep our youth interested in expressing themselves through art led her to teach after school art classes in the Escambia County School district for more than 15 years. “I think it’s so important to give children the tools they need to create and sit back and watch what they can do. I never criticize or compare their work. Instead, I make sure they know that they all have an artist inside them, and what they create is special because it’s theirs,” Jayme said.
Jayme believes that art is an expression of internal feelings. Feelings for the places we love, the people we love, and the human emotions, both happy and sad, that make us who we are. Her collections of watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and limited edition notecards that feature some of the treasures found in our own backyard have made Jayme one of the most recognized and beloved artist along the Gulf Coast.
Her Artworks Gallery, located in the Villagio Shopping complex at 13700 Perdido Key Drive, opened in 2006 shortly after losing her first gallery, Talis By the Sea (where she partnered with Susan McCullough and Susan Gardner), in Hurricane Ivan.
Artworks Gallery features about 15 different artists from the area and boasts a variety of art from glass work to acrylic on canvas to custom jewelry. Jayme’s work welcomes you as you walk through the doors of this delightful gallery, and her collection of angels and coastal artwork will leave you breathless.
While you can find her work locally, Jayme has been honored to have her work featured all over the world. She was featured in the popular coffee table book ‘Painters in Paradise’, and her famous ‘Pineapple’ was chosen as the feature piece for the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s annual convention magazine. A symbol of friendship, one of Jayme’s pineapples hangs in Oprah’s personal chef, Art Smith’s, kitchen, and Oprah herself has one of Jayme’s famous ‘Angel’ paintings.
But despite her growing notoriety, her heart lies in sharing her knowledge and talent with others.
Jayme said her art classes are for everyone, no matter their age or skill level. “When they come in, they can expect to learn a lot of technique. While I don’t teach a ‘paint by numbers’ class, I will guide them throughout the process, and they can expect to leave with a finished painting they are proud of,” she said. “When they leave here, they will have the tools and confidence needed to go home and keep practicing their craft.”
Jayme’s adult classes include an Adult Watercolor and Acrylic class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, and a Paint & Wine Adult class that features various mediums like watercolor, acrylic, drawing and more on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm. This class is BYOB, and all classes are just $30 per person with all the necessary materials included.
“So many people say that they can’t paint a thing and claim they aren’t artistic, but to that I say, maybe you’ve decorated a beautiful home. Maybe you’ve created beautiful meals for your family. Maybe you’ve stylishly clothed your children. All of these things are forms of art and people don’t realize that. It’s all about tapping into those areas of beauty and creativity. I just help them find it,” said Jayme.
Jayme also teaches private lessons, private painting parties, and birthday parties for all ages. To reserve your spot in any of her unique and informative classes, call 850-261-9617.
Jayme said her mantra is “art is from the heart”, and once you meet her it’s clear to see, her success comes from having one of the biggest hearts in the business.