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Jamie Pettis returns home to launch a new apparel line at a Saturday event

Jamie Pettis returns home to launch a new apparel line at a Saturday event.

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A native Oklahoma artist celebrates a holiday homecoming with a Plaza art show Saturday.

Holdenville native and current Phoenix resident Jamie Pettis debuts her vibrant portraits and abstract expressionist paintings at My Wolf Is at the Door, opening 7 p.m. Saturday at Graphite Elements and Design in the Plaza District.

In addition to at least 12 new pieces, Pettis said her new line of Brazen Wolf Art and Apparel will be on display, something that has allowed her to be part of Oklahoma City’s bustling new arts scene, which she has had to appreciate from afar.

“It’s really cool to see what’s going on in Oklahoma City right now,” Pettis said. “Phoenix is ... getting there. I’m glad I’m there right now, but there’s nothing like coming home. And it’s been so cool to see OKC artists wearing my stuff and posting it online. It’s been another way to stay connected with this place.”

Pettis makes a point to periodically show her work in Oklahoma — her last local show was at Plaza’s DNA Galleries — and said the energy here is unlike anywhere else.

“Places like the Plaza and the Paseo and these pockets of towns that are focused on us and what we’re doing that’s amazing,” she said. “I think Oklahoma City seems pretty concentrated and really supportive, and that’s not happening everywhere right now. It definitely feels good to come home and be a part of that again.”

Pettis’ work has undergone a maturation process, as well. Her portraits — vibrant, busy, pop-art-influenced renderings of everyone from her girlfriend to Russell Westbrook — have taken on new complexities of late, and she’s eager to show her new work.

“I’ve always been drawn to people, but still don’t think I know what I’m trying to say about them. It seems that’s what I paint when I sit down to paint, though,” Pettis said when asked to describe her work. “I go through phases where I do other things, like my Growing Cities series I did last year, but it seems like people’s faces are what I’m attracted to. And the more of them I paint, I think the better and more complex they’re getting. I’ve been experimenting with some new techniques that I’m excited about, and I think I’m getting closer to figuring out what I’m trying to say.”

Growing Cities, a series of abstract, intensely-layered cityscapes Pettis created last year, integrated buildings from various American skylines into otherwise-nameless metropolises. The effect was wonderful, and she sold several of the series.

It’s her portraits, though, that are featured on most of Brazen Wolf apparel. Large-scale, heavily saturated close-ups of some of her subjects are emblazoned across the front of the T-shirts, which sell as quickly as she orders them. Pettis said they are another way to get her artwork into the world around her.

“I’m really excited about the apparel line,” she said. “When you see somebody wearing art that you made, it’s really cool. It means you’re putting something you made out into the world and people are responding to it. I love that.”

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Jamie Pettis debuts Brazen Wolf Art and Apparel Saturday at Graphite Elements and Design. (Provided)
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  • Jamie Pettis debuts Brazen Wolf Art and Apparel Saturday at Graphite Elements and Design.
Jamie Pettis debuts Brazen Wolf Art and Apparel Saturday at Graphite Elements and Design. (Provided)
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  • Jamie Pettis debuts Brazen Wolf Art and Apparel Saturday at Graphite Elements and Design.

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