One of the Emerald Coasts’ best kept secrets aptly describes the artist Arthur Jenkins of “Creative Innervisions by Art Jenkins”. Whether known as Mr. J (of Mr. J’s Barber Shop) or just Art; in the community of Ft. Walton Beach, he’s well respected and loved by many.
Hailing from Richmond, VA he is a transplant to the Emerald Coast courtesy of the US Air Force. Since his arrival to Florida, he’s impressed and thrilled local art lovers with his bold and unique brand; creating the unusually intricate yet thought-provoking works that inspire all who view them.
Combining his passion for acrylic painting, charcoal and ink drawings he endeavors to creatively express a cultural and artistic body of work that depicts abstract things and how they relate to the physical world. He sees things like no other, thus what is reflected throughout his pieces can truly be defined as his stylistic “Innervisions”. His paintings have been described as beautiful, bold and full of vibrant color! Melding warm yellows, deep reds, purples and cool hues of blues; the subject matter is often spiritual and deeply cultural but always fun and original.
Mr. Jenkins has been widely acknowledged for his countless contributions to art shows, contests and festivals locally and in other cities in the panhandle region of our state. Though honored with numerous awards from the elite of Northwest Florida’s professional art communities, he remains humbled and grateful for the gifts and talents he possesses.
When not working on his craft or practicing the barber trade, he can be found sharing his passion for art, and mentoring young people throughout the community. He currently volunteers as a mentor for the OIC Program at Elliott Point Elementary and teaches art classes at the Senior Citizens Community Center.
His accomplishments have been great in number yet too numerous to list here; mentioned below are some of the more notable special events he’s participated in recently.
Awards Featured Artist- Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau Black History Month (2011 & 2012)
Featured Artist- Eglin Air Force Base Exchange Black History Month Display (2012)
52nd & 53rd Annual Beaux Arts Exhibit (2012 & 2011)
Winner of NAACP Pacesetters Award (2011)
FWB Arts and Design Society member (2011)
Participant Devillers Cultural Heritage Festival (2011)
Honorable Mention for “September 11” Mixed Media work- NWFL Daily News (2002)
Winner of “Most Creative” award –NW Florida Fine Arts Show (2002)
Guest Curator- African American Art “ A Legacy Through Perseverance” (2001)