I’m Veronica Miller Jamison and I’ve been drawing and creating ever since I was little kid growing up in Pittsburgh.
Making things is in my bones. Jewelry, crochet, sewing, and of course, drawing and painting — you name it, I’ve tried it.
Now, I’m an artist and illustrator living in Philadelphia. I started out by creating Christmas cards that featuring women of color, and I now work across a variety of disciplines — portraits, patterns, stationery, children’s books and more.
I work primarily in watercolor and inks. Vibrant, saturated colors are my favorite thing to play with. I like to experiment with creating textures and movement with brushstrokes. In my abstract work, I love playing with the movement and spontaneity of water and fluid media.
WHAT I DO
My background is in fashion design, illustration and trend research, so color stories, shapes and movement are central to my work. I love creating decorative art for home decor, packaging, products and gifts. I also illustrate repeat pattern designs for textiles and surfaces.
This year, I have added "children's book illustrator" to my resume. My first book will be published by Little, Brown and Company in 2019.
I am the fashion illustration instructor at Made Institute in Philadelphia, and have been part of the adjunct faculty in the fashion design and merchandising department at Drexel University.
I also do live painting for events and brand activations. Check out the time-lapse video below of my live fashion painting process.
a few of my favorite commissions
Every project that I take on is a joy! These ones were particularly fun because I got to do something new and challenging.
SHEA MOISTURE COLORING WALL
I was commissioned by Shea Moisture to create this hair care-inspired coloring wall for their activation at BeautyCon LA in 2016. I created line drawings of various hair types and styles, multiple beauty tools (most of which I use myself) and Shea Moisture products to put together the design for this 20-foot-by-8-foot installation.
MASQUERADE-THEMED LIVE PAINTING
In the fall of 2017, the lovely author Nicole Blades released “Have You Met Nora?,” a novel about hidden identity and family secrets. For the launch party in New York, we set up a masquerade-themed live-painting station. Guest would come and choose their favorite decorative masks, and I’d paint their portraits as favors to take home. Tons of fun!
A COMPUTER CALLED KATHERINE
This is my first children’s book! I had the lovely opportunity to work the amazing people at Little, Brown and Company to create the artwork for “A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America On The Moon,” written by Suzanne Slade. This was my first time taking on such a long-term project (we spent a year and a half on the art!), and it has been one of my most rewarding experiences as an illustrator thus far. I can’t wait to share it with you!
- My first career was in broadcasting. I was a producer at NPR for seven years.
- I have a master’s degree in Fashion Design. I totally geek out about fashion history and the way trends develop and evolve.
- I wear jumpsuits more than anything else. They’re so easy! Throw one on, add a necklace plus your favorite shoes, and bam! Style in an instant.
- I’ve lived in Boston, D.C. and now Philadelphia, and I’ve spent a lot of time in New York. I’m a total East Coast city girl. But my favorite place to visit is New Orleans.
- Speaking of which, I really love beignets.