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This Week We Feature Young Professional Henessy Smith

Henessy ‘Kid Prodigy’ Smith is a multi-talented, creative and ambitious Artist/Graphic Designer who stands out for her unique artistic mind. Photo: Provided
Baby Portrait created for a customer. Photo: Provided
Baby Portrait created for a customer. Photo: Provided
Henessy 'Kid Prodigy' Smith was featured in the Welcome BVI Magazine during the July to August issue. Photo: Provided
Henessy 'Kid Prodigy' Smith was featured in the Welcome BVI Magazine during the July to August issue. Photo: Provided
Ms Henessy Smit's first painted Portrait of recording artiste, Chris Brown. Photo: Provided
Ms Henessy Smit's first painted Portrait of recording artiste, Chris Brown. Photo: Provided
Cartoon painting of Rosanna Chichester, Miss British Virgin Islands 2013/14. Photo: Provided
Cartoon painting of Rosanna Chichester, Miss British Virgin Islands 2013/14. Photo: Provided
Crocs design was created with only sharpies. Photo: Provided
Crocs design was created with only sharpies. Photo: Provided
Bob Marley art piece customised for a customer on their PS4. Photo: Provided
Bob Marley art piece customised for a customer on their PS4. Photo: Provided
By Renee C. Williams

Our Young Professional for this week is the multi-talented, creative and ambitious Artist/Graphic Designer Henessy ‘Kid Prodigy’ Smith who stands out for her unique artistic mind.

Meet young professional Henessy Smith of Huntums Ghut, Tortola. Henessy is a self-employed Artist at HKP Studio.

Cartoonist, painter and sketcher

Henessy’s job allows her to create various types of art work on anything that has a surface such as t-shirts, shoes, hats, glasses, just to name a few.

“As an artist, I can freestyle my own designs, so that way my work will stand out. I can alter it. I can paint it and as a result, nobody can copy my work or say they saw it somewhere else because I changed it up,” said our young professional (when it comes to graphics).

Ms Smith disclosed that she loves to see the expression on a customer’s face when they see the finished product:

“My creativity mixed with their ideas when I make it come to reality; that’s a good feeling. The ability to put a smile on peoples face.”

Henessy admitted that as far back as she can remember, at a very young age she realized that she had a gift for the arts. Recognizing her talent at a tender age, she challenged herself in various forms which developed her skills to propel her to be what she is today; Tortola’s Hottest Artist. “This job was entitled to me.”

A number of her art works are drawn with a special app on her iPad, but she is not limited to just that because she can use the basic tools like sharpies, paint brushes and pens, but no pencils. Although she is efficient at using a pencil, she stated that when using a pencil, it tends to smudge and she likes a clean finish on her art work. As a result, she has mastered the skill of not having to erase during the creation of her pieces from the age of nine.

She is a cartoonist, painter and sketcher "an artist" that takes pride in creating quality pieces and this afforded her the opportunity to be featured in the Welcome BVI Magazine during the period of July and August 2017 issue, among other well-known television and radio programmes here in the Virgin Islands.

Focused and determine, Henessy will not let anything deter her from her ultimate goal which is to own her own studio, and to own a custom clothing line. She also intends to take her skills internationally and develop on her already sharp and impressive skills.

Education

Ms Henessy Smith attended the Althea Scatliffe Primary School and then moved on to the BVI High School, now Elmore Stoutt High School.

After completing high school until third form, Ms Smith pursued her secondary education at West Hill Collegiate in Canada, where she majored in the Arts.

“In high school, if there was an art class, I would ensure that I was present for it,” said Ms Smith.

“Art is Life”

Our young professional lives by the motto, “Art is Life” because even in her spare time she takes pleasure in drawing. “I draw, that’s my life. That’s my talent.”

Ms Smith told our news reporter that when she opens her own studio, she would like to pursue the idea of tutoring individuals in drawing.

Advice to young people

Henessy “Kid Prodigy” Smith shared some encouraging words with other young people.

“Follow your heart and do what you really want. You can’t predict your future because you never know where you will end up. I never saw myself being on TV for my art work or it being in magazines or newspapers, but eventually when people discover your work and your talent, they will want to push you further. You have to believe in yourself.”

24 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Henessy Smith”

  • guth boy (28/07/2017, 07:53) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    Our young people on the move kudos henessy
  • rasta (28/07/2017, 07:53) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good work
  • Freedom! (28/07/2017, 07:59) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Young lady with talent
  • wow (28/07/2017, 08:27) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    People should embrace this girl talent.
  • Goodfuhtruth (28/07/2017, 09:30) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Gul, you good nuh tail. Never seen local art like this before. I wonder if I could get a painting of a grass-piece with some goats grazing. I longed for a painting like that.
  • NF (28/07/2017, 10:25) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great feature, very talented. Wishing you the best.
  • Reader (28/07/2017, 10:29) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great Talent! Keep up the good work and wishing you continued success in the pursuit of your goals...
  • ... (28/07/2017, 10:38) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Excellent stuff.
  • wow (28/07/2017, 10:48) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is excellent
  • Welsah (28/07/2017, 10:54) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Talented . Best wishes
  • guy hill (28/07/2017, 11:37) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Always continue to do your very best. Be bless. Be brave. Be safe.
  • Awe-some (28/07/2017, 11:45) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Awesomeness! Super unique talent! Keep using and building your creative talents. Elevate BVI and the world/universe at large as your background landscape canvas to a whole other level! Keep persevering & broaden your horizon sis. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
  • Oh yeah (28/07/2017, 11:51) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    No offence to others but this is the best local artist i have ever seen. She is in a class by her self. My advice to the artist is along with your re creations do some original pieces that come from your mind. This is great work hands down. To government and other commercial establishments commission some of her work to be displayed in your offices and other public spaces. Keep it up girl keep it up.
    • Okayyyy (29/07/2017, 16:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      There are differet types of artist using different mediums to display their craft. She does realistic paintings. Doesn't mean the other artist who dont are any less. She is good at what she does and so are they.
  • Ride or Die (28/07/2017, 11:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Big Up Henessy!!!!!
  • #1 FAN! (28/07/2017, 12:07) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Awesome work! You might not know who I am but just so you know I Absolutely LOVE your Work! Your freaking Amazing! I know that you will get very far in life just keep you head up and keep aiming for the stars! You will reach! I wish you all the best and always keep a positive mind! Good things not only comes to those who waits but also to those that keep trying harder and harder ea h time! Henessy, your a real Prodigy!
  • slim (28/07/2017, 12:28) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Big up ya self Henny! Keep pushing for the bigger dreams that I know you Have!
  • Ms. Diva (28/07/2017, 14:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Her work is awesome. She has unique art skills. With that type of talent, she can go anywhere and be successful.
  • Observing (28/07/2017, 17:01) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    This young lady is the most talented artist in the BVI hands down! She needs to expand her talent internationally. She Can Go On a show Like America's got talent and Win. #RealTalk
  • Deh Watcha (28/07/2017, 18:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great work.

    See this person all the time didn't know this is what they were into. Keep it up.
  • MELLL (28/07/2017, 19:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Miss u on "Draw Something" .... i redownloaded it last week ... I still have all your tags on my FB page :-)
  • ArtisLife (29/07/2017, 00:28) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for all the positive feedback! These comments were inspirational. God gave me a talent and I'm putting it to good use! Keep an eye out for my next accomplishment, as I continue to push for the sky, and if I don't reach as far, then atleast I'll fall amongst the stars! Lots more to come! I'm not done yet.. Thanks again!!
  • VG (29/07/2017, 14:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow good luck you have a good future ahead.
    But you should considering some workshop for kids.


  • yardie (29/07/2017, 19:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Excellent art!! Simply amazing.


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