Italia has been an artist for more than 20yrs. Her work has evolved from acrylic and pencil drawings to beauty/extreme makeup artistry and face/body paint
Italia January Williams affectionately called “JJ”
D.O.B. 26TH September, 1976
Born: Nassau, Bahamas
Education: AA Law and Criminal Justice, Certificate in Public Administration and BA Public
Administration (College of the Bahamas)
Career: Police Officer 1997 – present (Rank – Police Sergeant)
I am the 2nd of 6 children. My parents are Alfred and Ruth Williams and was raised in Kemp Road area. I attended the St. Bede’s Catholic School, and then graduated from the R.M. Bailey Sr. High School. Class of ’94. I joined the Police Cadet program in the 1oth grade of R.M. Bailey, where I was introduced to the Royal Bahamas Police force. Upon Graduating from High School, I went to C.O.B on scholarship from the Bahamas Government as a result of being a part of the Cadet Program.
It was during my years in R.M. Bailey I discovered I had a natural ability to draw anything or person I saw. So I developed the talent drawing many portraits and still life objects for family and friends and women faces out of magazines. Mrs. Berry my Art teacher in R. M. Bailey also saw the talent and any additional time she had she never neglected to show me a thing or two or lone me her expensive brushes and paints.
I developed a relationship with art, entering the Central Bank of the Bahamas Annual Art Competition for several years and I placed Second and Third on two different occasions. It was also during the end of 1990’s I had my first solo art exhibition at the Central Bank of the Bahamas.
While I have always been motivated to draw and paint the turn into a new century also saw a shift in my artistic expression from acrylics and charcoal to eye pencils and gloss. With an idea to make additional monies with my sister (Joconda) as my Model and partner I began makeup artistry and eventually bodypainting and extreme transformations.
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