17 year old Amaranthia Sepia (Eternal Brown Flower) Gittens-Jones is a home schooled artist. She attended Pal International School and Nischimachi International School, Tokyo, Japan 2004-2006. Currently, Amaranthia is a homeschooler in the USA. Amaranthia gave herself the artist name’AmaSepia Chan'(Chan is the honorific for girl in Japanese) at age eight and declared that she was going to become an artist. She has been on a focused and disciplined mission to achieve her goal since then. She has studied with acclaimed artist Ian Torney and teacher Sylvia Brofos of Kimball Art School, Concord, NH. Amaranthia was awarded a full scholarship at Kimball Jenkins at age 12. She has attended art classes, including adult classes, since then. Amaranthia is a monthly guest blogged for Iamthatgirl.com a non-profit organization 2014-2015. The site is known for the empowerment of teens and young women.
‘Fear of failure clips my wings; if I want to fly I have to try.‘Believing In Myself by Larsen and Hegarty
My mom sent me the above quote by Larsen and Hegartyto live by.
One of my goals was to have a solo showing of my artwork. I realized my goal and beyond. I had four solo shows and participated in my first group show. These amazing things happened in my life between the ages of 13 and 14.
I found the courage to show my artwork at such a young age because I wanted to push back against bullying in my life and I felt the need to advocate for and support other kids who were affected by bullying. Exhibiting my art locally allowed me to reconnect with the community after the bullying caused me to distrust others.
Creating and doing something positive allowed me to interact in a healthy and constructive way and to become stronger. Doing the shows showed me I could truly move and inspire people with my art! It is important to me, not only to show my artwork, but also to help others by donating some of my pieces to help raise money for those in need.
My long term goal is to become a Sequential or Graphic Artist who creates my own comics and designs. When Shaun White, the famous snow boarder, participated in the Canadian Olympics a few years ago, he talked about his dream o becoming a famous snow boarder from a young age. He said he wrote a quote, about becoming a successful snow boarder at the Olympics, and placed it above his bed so he could see it first thing when he woke up. I decided to put the above quote about becoming a successful artist above my bed when I wake up to it every day.
I work in mixed media, which includes Water Color, Acrylics, Ink Pens, Pencils, Graphite, Brushes on IPad, Color Pencils, and clay. Lately I have been experimenting with wire to make animal armatures. I am also working on two comic/manga series titled, “LOS: legend of Shintaro” and “Kuboro-Dkode.” “LOS: legend of Shintaro” was awarded a Gold Scholastic Regional Art Award in February 2014. I am currently working on WHIMSY, a fantasy and graphic novel.
My goals: live a spiritual, responsible, healthy and happy life, focus on my education, learn Japanese and Japanese calligraphy, complete my comics/manga, always create and show art to help and inspire people.