At first Glance, Jimnii, 26, is a small statured young woman with a timid voice and an artistic aesthetic. It isn’t hard to tell from her cool, calm, and collected demeanor that she must be an artist with an interesting story, and indeed she is.
Moving here from Virginia, Jimnii had an intuition that Atlanta was her next move to pursue something bigger. Initially, Jimnii attended school in Philadelphia and transferred to The Art Institute of Atlanta to study film.
After moving back to her home town for a while, she then made a sudden move back to Georgia, and had to resort to living with a friend’s mom for 3 months until she got on her feet without any friends or family in Georgia to support her.
Like anyone making such a sudden decision, she said she had her doubts. “I wanted to go back every single day, but I never picked up and left because something else was calling me to stay…I saw potential in Atlanta. When I went to school here, I saw what it could be.”
Jimnii’s art work is heavily influenced by spiritual and realistic elements, to which she credits her father for (who is also an artist). “Subjects of things I’ve picked as far as the hamsa, Buddha, people’s faces, come from my dad…He’s one of my biggest inspirations” She says as a shy grin spreads across her face.
Her mother’s personality also plays a role in inspiring order structure such as bold lines and nearly perfect shapes in Jimnii’s art “She’s very structured. And I believe my artwork has a lot of structure and lines. It’s not chaotic. I think the neatness of it comes from the character of my mother, as well as the imagination.”
In much of Jimnii’s work, the colors mint, gold, black, and white remain consistent and capture second glances of almost all her audiences. “So far that seems to be what brings people’s attention…I’ll probably use more of the mint color and less other colors, but black and white is what I specialize in…I love pastel colors that (mint) color just kind of spoke to me. I started off, mint everything. The gold came from wanting to do something for her mother. Her favorite color is gold.”
Of course, artwork doesn’t come from just anywhere. Even in brilliant minds like Jimnii’s. A process is required. In speaking about what inspired the beginning of her artistic journey Jimnii confesses that although she’s been doing art all her life, the onset of her artistic career began after a breakup. She advises others to use moments like those to have creative outlets. “You want to put your negative emotions somewhere, and that’s how to really deal with things. Put your energy towards something.”
Jimnii’s process in creating artwork is as unique as the result. Along with listening to Kanye for inspiration, she also reveals “I don’t do a bunch of artwork really fast. I have to get out into the world, and usually I experience that for about 2 or 3 months without doing any artwork. I feel myself, my energy, and inspiration, so when I do, I can knock 50 paintings out in a week.” She says nonchalantly “I don’t like to stay on an idea for too long, because then it just becomes a thought…Doing it makes it real.”
So far this year, Jimnii has already participated in 6 shows. With her next show coming up on Aug 19 at Terminal West as her 2nd annual RAW Artist show, Jimnii also plans on doing a show in Australia in the near future in addition to doing her own art show that’s already in the works. “Oh, you’re going to have to wait and see.” She says excitedly. “It’s happening.”
Jimnii admits that it’s not easy and drops some gems of advice to anyone that wants to get into the art scene. “I instill that on everyone I meet. Just go for it, and get started.” She advises.
She also mentions that the first step to doing anything you want to do is finding out who you are. “That will take you the rest of the way, because one you become comfortable and confident in everything that you do whether it’s art, a sport, starting a business, it’ll drive you because you know exactly what you want to do. You don’t have to second guess what your thoughts or intuition is because you know who you are. There are a lot of people that don’t know. They just do things because they see it, but if it comes from your heart and your intuition then anything is possible.”
To check out more of Jimnii’s art visit her site HERE
and who can forget the AMAZING photographer behind these shots, Jack Lester