We had the good fortune of connecting with Jade Dyamond and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jade, why did you pursue a creative career?
I feel like as we grow up, we lose sight of our dreams/what we enjoy doing; we conform to society’s standards and leave it all behind. I have always had a love for art ever since I was a child. I took one painting and an art class at Michaels during highschool and one painting class during college. After I graduated with my engineering degree and started working, I had a lot of free time, and wanted to fill it with honing a skill. I like creating. I like challenging myself every piece. I’ve started doing commissions more often, and I love bringing visions to life and even evoking emotion from my personal pieces as well.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well, there’s this pressure in the art world where your work must have a specific style. And in all honesty, that used to stress me out. I just wanted to paint whatever interested me. I first started with Marvel and DC characters, then I started exploring more with different mediums and subjects. I even started attending weekly classes at the De Vita Academy of Art. My art has improved immensely after gaining more direction, teaching and mentoring from Mr. Tom De Vita and his wife. My goal is to give off a sensual experience and feeling with my art. I want my audience to feel like I’m tending to each one of their senses. I don’t think I really have a “brand,” but I do wish people to feel inspired from my journey to revive their forgotten interests and hobbies. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Miami is a black hole when it comes to going on adventures. There is literally one around every corner. The best I can do is share some of my favorite places! But I always keep my eyes open for something new! Places to Eat: Shooters Cooper’s Hawk River Tail Lagniappe Cafe Demetrio Parties: Caribbean/Soca Parties Rise and Toast The Wharf Places to go: NSU Art Museum Oleta State Park Coral Gables Farmers Market Casaplanta Plant Nursery Wynwood Yacht Perez Art Museum FROST Museum Venetian Pool Miami Broward Carnival

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely George, family and friends who have supported and encouraged me immensely over the years. I would name each individually, but there are so many. George pushed me the most and challenged me; my cousin Shannon made me understand my worth; so many of my relatives, cousins and friends have encouraged me so much and I am so appreciative and blessed for all of them. Additionally after reading The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo in the beginning of my journey as an artist, it became one of the factors that lit a fire within me.

Website: www.jadedyamond.com

Instagram: Jadedyamond

Image Credits
Alisha Cox

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