We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaime Byrd and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jaime, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The most important decision was to work with my partner and husband, Adam Cohen to build my business. Since we have very different backgrounds and are skilled at many different things from one another, the two of us were able to accomplish so much more together than I ever would have on my own.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started with a jewlery company in 1994. This creative endeavor took a few years to get moving, but it did allow me to travel all over the United States to art shows and art festivals (and winning a few awards here and there). Building this business allowed me and my husband, and our dogs to travel while making money to live, but it also allowed us to learn how to run a business and eventually become successful entrepreneurs.

I then moved into film work after putting myself through film school. This again led us to travel – this time around the globe to produce and create content for non profits and NGO’s. We also created video content for musicians, commercials for businesses, and other film projects while living in places like Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, Ecuador, and Guatemala.

After years of travel, I went back to painting which is something I had been doing off and on for a couple of decades. I knew I wanted to focus more on painting at some point in my life once I became too tired to do all the other work I had been doing.

It was the pandemic that played a big part in me incorporating and combining my two loves of art and filmmaking. I began creating NFT’s (non fungible tokens) and eventually started creating AR (Augmented Reality) which is a large part of my artwork now. The AR work features my filmmaking, animation, music, and sound design that I captured while traveling and create for each piece of artwork and can then be viewed using a free online app and a mobile device.

During this time I also took part in a global online movement called, “The Artist Support Pledge” which helped kickstart my art and painting business.

I now paint everyday and push myself to improve my skills and knowledge around art, oil painting, and technology. I’ve always had a love for expressionism and impressionism and I continue to learn as much as I can all while pushing the limits of how we view art today.

I work intuitively and almost exclusively in oil and cold wax medium in general, my subject matter is mostly about nature, and I feel living with beautiful objects that pay tribute to the natural world reminds us to slow down and helps us reconnect with the outside.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I really do credit my extremely supportive, loving, and helpful partner, Adam Cohen, and I cannot thank him enough. He is the main reason why I’ve been a successful creative for the last 30 years and I don’t believe I could have done it without him. I also attribute my love of art and all things creative (including technology) to my father who himself is an artist and scientist.

Website: www.jaimebyrd.com

Instagram: instagram.com/jaimebyrd

Facebook: facebook.com/jaimebyrd

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/byrddesigns

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutColorado is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.