Hey, I'm Aramis Hamer and I love making a mess!

I create my paintings using acrylic and, sometimes, spray paint. I made the decision to pursue my art career after leaving my hometown in Chicago and moving to Washington. With the support of my family and fiance, Andy, I dedicated myself to art whole hardheartedly. My studio is located in Belltown; I spend majority of my days in this shared space creating the colorful images that are slowly becoming my signature style. When I'm not painting, I work part time as a registered nurse at a local community hospital. Interactions with my patients remind me to be grateful for my health and happiness. The realization that life is short is continuously at the forefront of my mind. Because of this, I choose to live life to the fullest!

When I think of my artwork, I’m reminded of a colorful world that can only be found in dreams. The basic themes found in my work are strong color contrasts, exaggerated subject matter and drip techniques where I try to stretch the boundaries of surrealism. Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. Songs are like stories and while listening to the lyrics, an image forms in my mind inspiring the next piece. Utilizing house hold tools, such as a grout spreader, creates texture that mimics sound waves in music.  I love to incorporate spray paint related to my admiration of street art. Integrating imagery of my people and urban landscapes reflects the environment in which I was raised. 

Recently my work has seen a transition from technical and deliberate portraits to a more free form and loose aesthetic. By releasing control, I am able to embrace the natural flow of the paint allowing it to fall where it may. My work continues to evolve and develop; I welcome you to join me on this journey.

P.S. In case you're wondering, the "O" is for Octavia- my middle name ;)