My full name is “Kandace Corrine Diamond”. You may notice I sign all my work as “K-Ci” with a heart above the “i”. I was nicknamed “K-Ci” when I was little and wanted to share this in my work. I was born and raised in Clarion, Pennsylvania. I fell in love with art when I was first able to hold a crayon and get my hands on a coloring book. My crayons eventually evolved to paint brushes smothered in acrylic paint, coloring books evolved to canvas, and my passion for art grew stronger.
Though I have refined my artistic ability, I still believe that just as in a coloring book, the artist has total freedom of color choices allowing colors to be pulled from their original context and creating an alternative outlook on the world. The extensive range of colors that can be achieved by blending acrylics and various styles of paint application allow for so many possibilities.
My passion for art led to my graduation from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts concentrating in Design in May of 2008. I completed a Graphic Design internship at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and later went on to work freelance for companies such as Clarion Holiday Inn.
In 2010 I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching: Art Education PK-12 from Coastal Carolina University. While attending CCU I was awarded the graduate assistantship for my content area, nominated Vice President of the CCU Chapter of the National Art Education Association, chosen to present at both state and national Art Education Association conventions, and graduated with a 4.0.
Moving to Hawaii in 2011, I fell in love with the lush landscapes and diverse ocean life that surrounded me and became the inspiration of my artwork. While residing on Oahu my work was showcased at “Art on the Zoo Fence” in Waikiki, HI. I was also named Artist of the Month by 3rd Cup Coffee and Venue in Kunia, HI.
This inspiration still holds strong after moving to Florida in 2014. I am currently a full time art educator in Jacksonville, Florida and continue to paint. I have paintings showcased in High Tide Gallery of St. Augustine as well as First Street Gallery in Jacksonville. I was awarded the “Peoples Choice Award” at the Northeast Florida National Art Education Association Fall Show and was named “Best in Show” at the “What Those Who Teach Can Do” annual art show sponsored by the Art Institute of Florida this past year. You may have also seen my artwork at various art shows this year such as Arts in the Park, Fernandina Shrimp Festival, Brunswick Blessing of the Fleet, Southlight Gallery, and the Schultz Center for Education and Learning. My artwork has also been in various newspapers and magazines such as Florida Times Union, The Weekender, and Arbus Magazine.
I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed creating it.