Jamie Shear, (Zalman Leib) was born in Montreal, Canada. At the age of fourteen, he went to Israel for the first time to attend a summer camp where he instantly fell in love with the land, people, language and culture. He returned to Israel to resume various programs of study within the framework of high school, Talmud seminary, and later to complete a B.Sc. in Biology at Bar-Ilan University.
In 1991, during his studies at David Shapell College of Jewish Studies, Jamie’s commitment to Torah study and passion for Hebrew lettering grew. Jamie aspired to write a Torah scroll and was determined to find a scribe willing to teach him the scribal arts. Jamie met Chaim David Sarakic who agreed to formulate an apprentice. For the years to follow, Jamie would spend much of his free time practicing the letterforms and reviewing the laws in preparation for the certification examination from the organization, Va’ad Mishmeret STaM.
In the past twenty years, since completing these requirements, Jamie has written scores of Mezuzot, Tefillin, Megillot and Ketubot. He has completed six Torah scrolls. The scrolls were written for Chabad, Modern Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Hillel organizations in Montreal, Jerusalem, Rhode Island and Hong Kong.
Jamie also adds beauty to classic texts like the Ketubah and creates honorary gift items and life cycle commemorations, illuminating them using an array of mediums and artistic techniques; he also makes his own flower pressed paper. Jamie’s main focus in art is that of micrography, the art of creating elaborate designs in calligraphy using the quill to form letters.
His artwork has appeared in galleries and adorns walls around the world. He has shipped work to: Canada, US, Israel, Russia, China, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey, England, and Germany.
For four years, Jamie has been living in Jerusalem with his family.