Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Jolene Dames

Jolene Dames

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With Collaboration, Commissions, For-hire services, Leading workshops, Lectures, Public art, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements

When choosing what to paint, I have a tendency to be drawn to unusual compositions, interesting textures and layers of the subject because they reveal how something lived. I consider each painting as if I am telling the visual story, where it came from, what it endured and had to overcome to give it the personality it has today. Painting these types of images on a large scale enhances their dramatic effect. I feel this is all a direct reflection of life. Each of us have the layers of life and connections with people who make us who we are. Representing and revealing these layers is paramount when creating one of my paintings.

 My 20+ years career as a painter for movies, television and theater, and traveling the world has the biggest influence on my work. My choice of subject matters are inspired by the photographs taken while traveling the world. My choice of creative process and materials mirror what I use in a set painting environment in movies, television and theater. Typically I design 6"x4" image and then paint it on a giant canvas. I love the challenge of these small designs and painting them on such a large scale. (The largest painting I did was 42'x60'.) No surface is too large for me and I am happy to do commissions, or if you have an image from your travels that would like replicated on a large sale, I could be easily convinced to do it:) 


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15211


  • Video
  • Film
  • Furniture
  • Mixed-media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Public Art
  • Set design


  • Latex
  • Mural
  • Realist
  • Acrylic
  • Digital manipulation
  • Film
  • Minimalist
  • Airbrush