Jamile Torres was born in Barcelona in 1969 with her first connection with art at the age of fourteen. One day she headed off to the city center and utilized this time to experience for the first time a viewing at an art gallery and she immediately was engulfed by this amazing amount of beauty. It was a marvelous sensation and from this point on she knew how she wanted to dedicate her talents. She wanted to bring this discovery and translate this to people through her art. Jamile always says that nature is who taught her color. Nature is in perfect harmony without any mistakes.
She spent time teaching herself and exploring the different mediums, but was persuaded against entering the field of art because it was not viewed as a viable career. Instead she enrolled at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona to study Technical Architecture. The strong technical aspect of this drafting degree gave her strong skills in perspective and design. She was chosen to work on the 1992 Barcelona Olympics design team.
In 1997 she moved to California, and again found herself drawn to developing her art. She attended Cabrillo College and began to take formal classes in life drawing, watercolors, oil, pastels and computer graphics. She credits her teachers there for inspiring her to devote her attention to painting and develop her art into a career.
Jamile loves to paint themes about the lives inside homes and architectural structures, where Spain is one of the big inspiration. For her art is the way of life and how she views the color of nature. If her work can make another person feel relaxed and happy then she feels she has attained her goal.
Currently she lives in Aptos with her husband and two daughters.
"The Blue Tea Cup"
Oil on canvas, 18"x 18", © Jamile Torres.
Oil on canvas, 18"x 36", © Jamile Torres.
Oil on canvas, 22"x 28", © Jamile Torres.