Art, a way of expression, which compliments Junnel Lewis’ full-time profession as an accountant, is the epitome of her creativity.
Lewis explained her innate ability began 20 years ago “hanging out” with her father Junior Lewis, and from a desire to mirror his intuitive strength with paint and canvas.
She said that emotive nature and the effects of paint transitions has gained her unintended recognition and also helps to pay the bills, something that comes in handy during the COVID pandemic.
Lewis modestly recounts the build-up to her second passion and the passing of her father Junior Lewis, since she entered the art space.
The La Horquette young woman not only creates illusions that draw attention to her painting with compensatory light, but she is also dual-handed when she is creating her art pieces.
“It started off with my father, he was an artist and when he painted and I try to emulate his painting and he would give me paper and paint to stay quiet. I did art at O’level, couldn’t do it at CXC, it clashed with literature. Accounts and art have a way of complimenting each other.
Accounts complement art in patterns as to how I see patterns in accounts, while in accounts I see art.
In art, a golden rule or mathematical equation when painting, you always have to look at that rule. While in accounts the rule is to every debit must have a credit. Both are like balancing the equation,” Lewis said.
She prides herself on abstract and impressionism art and shares an art space with her sister Cleo Lewis, who is into realism art.
Together the sisters set up a site for art enthusiasts to follow at [email protected]@gmail.com.
A preferred choice of acrylic or Indian ink on canvas board and paper, gives Lewis the desired outcome. When gold and silver paint is added, it gives a metallic or shimmery finish to the artwork.
“Because I want my art to light up and appear to be coming out of the painting. It actually activates and illuminates with natural light, with artificial light it doesn’t show as much.
“The frequency of the light tends to change the look of the painting. I remember reading up on the famous artist, the guy who painted Mona Lisa photo (Leonardo da Vinci); he used a technique laying; where he put a glaze, effects to make the painting move, 3D using paint colours. The response was great, I do enjoy this kind of painting because I want to be different from my fellow counterparts,” she said.
Having devoted much of her time to what she does, Lewis continued: “My art is like my children, I want my paintings to past the potential of me, and places and countries I have never reached.”
She said she promised that she would complete a drawing her father started when he became ill with stage four cancer and was unable to finish.
Having completed the background of her father’s drawing, Lewis treasures the memories of him and The Panman painting they completed together.