Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Je-Wan Dante Herbert, also known as “J1”. Lover of animals, plants, the cosmos, and anything with luminescence; I see the beauty in all living things and all energies.
Born in Huntsville, Alabama and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida I enjoy time in nature and by the ocean. In my adolescence when my parents became separated, I spent a lot of time with my aunts. Their names are Clestine & Eudine. My aunts were always encouraging me to create! One of my defining moments as a child was when I drew my own universe with beautiful stars, comets, and planets. My aunt Clestine loved my work so much she put it up on the fridge with a magnet. This was a very monumental moment for me as a child. That confidence is what would encourage me years later to continue to share my vision with the world.
Fast forward 12 years and I have just graduated from West Potomac High school in Virginia. It was at this point that I officially decided to make my dreams of becoming a professional artist a reality. I spent three years at the Art Institute of Washington. Due to timing and finances, I could not finish my time there. Feeling brave and determined, I packed everything I had and moved to Orlando, Florida in search of opportunities to take my career and passion to the next level.
Today, after four murals, a few logos, and some beautiful commissions, I find myself at the true beginnings of my journey. I’m ready to explore the depths of my creativity all while sharing perspectives with the world. It is one thing to manifest my ideas through paint and canvas, yet I also find joy in capturing the heart and mind of an individual who connects with my art on a deeper level. That connection is priceless.