Student Amaranthia Sepia Gittens-Jones age 17
To inspire others and to do artwork that uplifts and brings a little more light into the world. My goal is to help heal others with art just like it healed me after I was bullied. When people view my art I want them to sincerely feel the messages I am conveying through my characters. I like to create artwork that has deep humanistic themes encouraging others to be more optimistic,tolerant and respectful to one another and the world we live in.
When Amaranthia was four her family migrated to Tokyo, Japan as expatriates. Her world was colored by Japanese culture, history, language, and pop culture. She attended PAL International Preschool, Nishimachi International Kindergarten and was taught by teachers from Japan and the wider international community. Amaranthia watched Japanese anime, read manga and played Japanese video games. She loved Japanese manga and anime because of the attention to detail in landscapes and backgrounds, character development and the different styles they used to create story lines. Her love for Japanese manga and anime grew because it kept her connected to happy memories of Japan and its unique culture. Amaranthia decided to become a mangaka (a manga artist) at age eight. A major long-term goal of hers is to become a sequential or graphic artist and writer who creates characters for her own manga and anime series.
In the spring of 2011, Amaranthia found the courage to show her artwork to push back against bullying. Creating art helped her to deal with bullying and isolation. She became very ill in 2013 because of bullying. Her family decided to home school through VLACS (Virtual Learning AcademyCharter School) NH. Since 2014 she’s been visiting an endocrinologist yearly to monitor and test her adrenal glands. Between 2014 and 2016 she had multiple local exhibitions for her anti-bullying art show, “I’m Proud of Who I Am”.
See the video for anti-bullying project, “Do You Know Who I Am?” Teen Ink’s Videos to End Bullying”, which led to the “I’m Proud of Who I Am” art show project:
Today, Amaranthia is now on the road to recovery. Her days are spent doing academics and designing comics and characters.
Works in watercolor, ink, color pencil, polymer clay, acrylic, watercolor markers, digital technology, felt, card stock and fabric for arts and crafts. Open to experimenting with various media.
Mythological creatures and landscapes, anthropomorphic creatures, spiritually themed art, sequential art, graphic art, fine art, graphic design, arts and crafts and experimental art
Teenink magazine, NH Arts Learning Network bulletin, Concord Public Library Teen Blog, Pacer National Bullying Prevention Center, Iamthatgirl.com, Kimball Jenkins Blog
NHTI Community College, Concord, NH, January 4- 28, 2014, Group Show Merrimack Bank, April 2014, Bagel Works, Concord, NH February 4-February 28, 2014, Chichester Public Library, Chichester, NH Dec 01-Dec3, 2013, Oscar Foss Public Library, Barnstead, NH Oct 2013, kimball Jenkins Art School Student Shows winter 2012, 2013 and 2014
Scholastic Awards GOLD: Comics “Whimsy” 2o16, Scholastic Awards SILVER: “Respite” Ilustration 2016, GOLD: Scholastic Regional Arts Awards 2015 HONORABLE MENTION “Kuboro Buildings,” “Kitsune;” Scholastic Regional Arts Awards for Comics-2014 GOLD “LOS: Legend of Shintaro”; SILVER: Scholastic Regional Arts Awards, NH for illustration 2013 “Smooth Fox”, HONORABLE MENTION Scholastic Arts, Writing Awards, NH for Writing 2013 “Mythology”
See Society 6 Cutie Hipster link: https://society6.com/foxbuddha88