We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Sicile-Kira and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, what do you attribute your success to?
My great inspiration comes from spirituality. Kindly the spiritual element of my art is most important to me. When I meet people, I see colors around them : I see their aura and their emotions in color. I paint the colors I see and then write a description – the spiritual and emotional significance of their colors. Truly greatly I hope my art can make a positive impact for those who seek to understand my art.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am part of a small number of professional artists that have synesthesia. Frankly the colors I paint are truly the colors I see around people. I see their emotions as color, and I see the colors of their aura or energy field. I want my story to be known for how my art is helping people. I am autistic and it is difficult for me to speak verbally. Frankly it was not until I was 17 and my mom found a way to teach me to point to letters on a letter board that I could communicate with people and actively participate in my education. A few years later I discovered I had the gift of synesthesia when I explained about the colors I was seeing around people and when I listened to music or hear people talk. I then learned from others that it was synesthesia. A few years later I discovered what auras were and realized I see those as well. Truly about 5 years ago I told my mom I was painting colorful portraits of people in my dreams based on the colors I saw around them. Then one night I dreamt I had a great art show of my paintings. Truly I was really excited and asked my mom how I could truly make my dream come true and have an art show. Mom frankly told me it could not very much happen unless I painted in real life. Truly I was surprised to see I could, by kindly trying hard, to learn to paint. My mission is to show people their inner beauty. Truly I frankly had to learn to give people the hope that they needed to continue to live. Greatly happy people are easy to paint; but sometimes clients have terrible ideas about themselves, low confidence in their abilities. But I only paint their positive colors. Truly I love to see their surprise when they see the painting and read the description, that they have all these beautiful attributes. Frankly, I hope that the clients who commission paintings of their own emotional colors and spiritual essence greatly feel and realize that they are beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside. Recently I could not access my art studio because of Covid 19. This gave me the opportunity to learn how to make digital art. Apple and Art of Autism generously provided me with an iPad and the needed apps. In this way I painted the dreams I had about Covid 19 in Digital Art. That series “Hope in the Time of Coronavirus” is available to see and read the description on my website. Now that I have access to my art studio, I am again accepting requests for commissioned paintings of people’s colors : I create a portrait of what I see when I look at them and listen to them talk. I also provide them of a description of what each color represents about them. I can meet people via Zoom or Facetime. Because of Covid 19, the art shows I was supposed to participate in were cancelled. One show at the Oceanside Museum of Art on synesthesia is available online on their website. My painting “The Vibrant Colors of the Opera Carmen” was used in the promotional materials. Art Walk in Little Italy was cancelled in April and re-scheduled for Nov 7 & 8, I was chosen as one of 8 featured artists for this curated art fair and I am excited to be able to meet people again.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in San Diego and my favorite spot is Torrey Pines Beach. Frankly I have many great memories of that beach and love to go there. I would encourage visitors to try surfing as well. That would fill one day! Little Italy (where I live) and Liberty Station (where my art studio is located) are also two other spots I really enjoy. Frankly I would suggest visiting Liberty Station to see some art and visit the Public Market which has all kinds of foods. Then in the evening, have dinner in Little Italy and enjoy some wonderful Italian food. We have a frankly amazing zoo, and I encourage visitors spend a half a day there and then visit Balboa Park right near by. Balboa Park has beautiful architecture, gardens, a Japanese tea house and many museums. I love San Diego!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Truly I have many people that have helped and supported me through my great journey as an artist. My amazing support Team – Team Jeremy deserve a Shoutout. I have motor planning and sensory challenges and require 24 /7 support. My Team Jeremy provided by Lifeworks help me every day to get my body moving the best it can. My roommate Ted who is also part of Team Jeremy deserves a shout-out, we are best friends. Nicely my support staff help me frankly with every aspect of my life. Getting ready for the day and getting to the art studio consistently would not be possible without them. I would also like to give a shout out to my parents, Chantal and Daniel, and my sister Rebecca, for always supporting me and encouraging me to follow my dream of being a professional artist. Truly my parents and my sister, Rebecca, all greatly believe that I can achieve anything. Frankly they do everything from social media to setting up my art shows and art booths for me. Nicely without their help, I dearly would not be able to share my gift with the world. Very kindly I would like to say thank you to everyone. My team and family kindly have allowed me to live the best life imaginable.