Kaitlin June Edwards
Kaitlin Edwards is a visual artist who has recently joined the Jacksonville art community. Kaitlin works in a variety of mediums from ink to digital art and concentrates her work on women of color who reflect her life experiences. In 2013, Edwards graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and since has primarily worked as a freelance illustrator working on book covers and other forms of illustration work. Kaitlin looks forward to being an active artist in Jacksonville and learning more about Jacksonville's art community. For Kaitlin, it is important to bring forth images that positively and properly portray men and women of color.
When I saw Kaitlin's work, I immediately fell in love! Her art oozes #BlackGirlMagic and expertise all wrapped up in bold lines and mesmerizing colors. Kaitlin and I have been in contact several months before she moved to Jacksonville and in that time I learned how important a career as an artist is to her. I look forward to seeing Kaitlin make her mark in Jacksonville's art community and being another artist who serves our community through art and diversity.
Self Portrait, Amari Leath
Amari Leath is an emerging photographer living in Jacksonville, FL. Leath often captures the city's people and architecture in his favorite color scheme of black and white but, his body of work features a versatile palette of colors and techniques. Among his artwork are images enhanced with vibrant, contrasting colors and complimenting additions. Since discovering his love for photography, Leath has immersed himself in the art community and found his own sense of style. Vigorous self study and unrelenting practice are credited as his building blocks to becoming a talented photographer. Leath feels compelled to change other young people's lives through education and mentoring which is one of Leath's biggest motivation to grow in his photography career.
Amari Leath is one of the most motivated, young artists that I have ever met. In a rather short period of time he has shown everyone he meets that photography is what he wants his life's work to reflect. Leath went from inquiring about how he can show his work to immediately taking part in Jacksonville's art community. I literally see him everywhere now! Being a fairly new photographer has not deterred him from showing his work or from being engaging. His willingness to ask for help and to continuously find materials and artists to study excites me because it is a clear indication of his objective. He wants to learn, he wants to grow, and he wants to be the best photographer he can be!
Perla Reyes is a Hispanic visual artist living and creating in Jacksonville, Fl. Her works are most often created in acrylic and oil paints to canvas but she is not afraid to venture into other mediums. Most recently she has shown her versatility by venturing into installation art.
If you ever see Perla's work, you won't easily forget it! Her art features vibrant colors and bold lines that create women that give off a confident and unfazed vibe. Often times her quirky clique of women are equipped with unforgiving "clapbacks" to unwanted advances that women face daily. Perla intentionally gives an ode to her own heritage that she proudly represents by making the women resemble women of her own culture and they often speak Spanish as well. Her way of bringing artistry and real life women issues together is simply amazing. Each time you see a piece of Perla's artwork you see her talent, comedy, and daily struggles brought together in bright hues making her work effortlessly appealing to all viewers.
I met Perla for the very first time at an Art Walk. Small, bright colored canvases with outlines of women sporting mischievous smirks were displayed at a table that made me cross the street for a closer look. At the table sat Perla and two of her friends who are also talented artists vending art and jewelry. Upon meeting the trio I knew I had to work with them in some way and asked for their contact information. That small interaction grew into Perla showcasing impressive, large scale versions of her characters alongside the works of her friends Gabriella Corley and Rolando Kallead at Black Opal. Since then, Perla has been in many showcases and her style and process has evolved. The way her art has evolved and with her eagerness to grow Perla will surely meet her goals and continue to impress us all!