Jeleata Nicole is a Philadelphia area based artist, wife and mother of 3 children. For 15 years, her passion has been for the fine arts, particularly pencil portrait renditions, while also doing custom small scale murals. The first question an artist is always asked, is what was your inspiration? How did you feel when you were painting this image? Where portraiture is how Jeleata Nicole have always expressed that “feeling”, the true emotion in ones face. The ability to realistically capture an individual’s personality, and present that emotion through an artistic snapshot has always been her drive. Influenced at an early age by both mother and father who are artistically gifted, and later by a teacher who guided her through training, Jeleata Nicole has always had a great support system with which to nurture her talents.
Because of the passionate and creative personality she has always possessed, Jeleata Nicole has taken her artwork on a long journey through many mediums, styles and influences. She has always found that graphite and colored pencil has given her unique talent the best forum with which to create the transferable emotions necessary. As time has progressed through, so has her artwork. After dipping her brush into acrylic works, she began working with oils which has allowed her to rediscover a love for a side she had not realized was there. The ability to bring forth the vibrant color palette oil paints allow while still maintaining the intricate details she’s always found important has resulted in a new expansive line of artwork she can be proud of.
Her portfolio at this point has diversified past just her pencil and paint works. Influenced by 2 important life events she has branched out into 2 new artistic forums as a result. First was her wedding, where Jeleata Nicole took it upon herself to create a memorable experience by hand painting chalkboard signs for her special day. Since than she has now ushered that into creating specialty chalkboard signs for baby showers, weddings, wedding showers, restaurants and even country clubs. The 2nd life event was the birth of her son in 2016. Diagnosed with Plagiocephaly, he was required to wear a cranial helmet for 6 months. Nicole looked at the helmet as a blank canvas with which to bring a more excited type of attention to her son. It quickly expanded into a passion which led to her developing Cranial Creations and Beyond, a business dedicated to the artistic transformation of wearable medical devices. She has recently partnered with “Helmets for Hope”, a charitable foundation which helps families in need when insurance refuses to cover costs. In 2016, Jeleata Nicole was one of 28 artists selected to participate in the Donkeys Around Town public arts initiative in Philadelphia. She painted 2 of the 57 fiberglass donkeys that were displayed in Center City Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention. She was also voted Top Emerging Artist at the Manayunk Arts Festival in 2015. She was also selected to display her artwork at Philadelphia City Hall for the “All That Jazz” event. You can now find Jeleata Nicole's artwork both nationally and internationally in schools, cafes, country clubs, homes of private collectors and more.