We had the good fortune of connecting with Josephina Cicero and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josephina, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Artistic creativity is a gift that people are born with; it’s not something taught because it’s a visual expression of a person’s inner passion. Every creative person’s challenge is selecting an artistic field of business to make a living and reflect who they are through the many artistic genres. Such as clothing design, interior design, fine artist, chef, furniture maker, architect, musician, make-up artist, and the list goes on. Creative people are passionate individuals and can do anything that involves creativity. All that changes from field-to-field are the tools they use. For example, a fine artist uses a paintbrush, a clothing designer uses fabrics, a chef uses kitchen utensils, or a furniture maker uses construction tools, to name a few. My creative quest has led me to become an interior designer, fashion designer, fine artist, furniture designer, graphic artist, colorist, stylist, and owner of an interior design firm JJ Associates Design, Inc., and JJ InStyle company. It may take a lifetime and many employment opportunities to lead to a person’s carrier but take heart; every job experience contributes toward the success of one’s field. Never give up keep moving forward one-day-at-a-time!
What should our readers know about your business?
Coming from 3 generations of builders, I was born with a hammer in my hand. My family history, drive, and creative passion led me to pursue a career in interior design and construction. JJ Associates Design, Inc. is a woman-owned Design-Build Interior Design firm located in San Diego, California. Twenty years of expertise, sound business practices, and high standards of excellence have led me to become an expert in my field. Building on those principles, I’ve launched a new custom art division called JJInStyle.com. My driving force is to express my fine art skills into a new business of creating original artwork based on a person’s positive life experiences and cherished memories. The design are hand-paint onto men’s and women’s high fashion accessories, clothing items, or wall canvas. The painted accessories become a fashion statement and can become a family heirloom. What makes JJ InStyle different than any other artist’s work? The one-of-a-kind works of art are created from prayer and received as visions or messages from the Lord. The completed art becomes a reflection of how God sees us and how he made us become through the choices we make. The completed art reflects who they are, not as they see themselves or by the world’s standards but from The Lord’s eyes and his love for each us. The JJ InStyle brand is the first of it’s kind and is marketed worldwide. I’m most proud and excited to further my gifts into a new business model built on prayer and love for others to learn how special they are inside-and-outside. Lessons I’ve learned. Stay on task with the purpose, single-minded in thought and action. The grass is never greener on the other side. Be open to change because change brings new opportunities and added skills. Most importantly, never give up regardless of how difficult. Hard work and determination lead to successful results! Nothing comes easy or is worthwhile without struggles and life lessons.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego’s Safari Park is a must-see experience. Paying the extra fee to feed the animals is amazing. Our art and science museums are wonderful. Shopping at the new UTC mall is a must. Visiting and eating Italian food in Little Italy has to be on the itinerary. Experiencing our beaches in the daytime hours is fun and healing and our sunsets are spectacular. If you’re smart you’ll visit San Diego during whale watching season.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Glory and honor go to Jesus Christ! Through prayer, I receive visions seen in my creative endeavors and my walk of life.
Images, logo, and original artwork designed and produced by – Josephina Cicero