Hailing from a family of educators and academic professionals, has been strongly influential on Anthea McGibbon’s career paths as well as her character. In her maternal family where she was raised, everyone but her had real talent in singing. Her own mother is a trained and sought out caterer, and her brother basically masters any instrument given, and himself along with his wife are literally sought out as a singing couple. She however stands out among them as an artist and along with her youngest uncle, as a writer.
What’s equally influential is the inherited trait of being involved with children, their welfare and development – characteristics of her maternal grandmother, mother and aunts which she could not escape.
Among her other influences were the Apostolic Church of Jamaica members who were close knit and offered her opportunity to be trained and operate as a teacher, and to start her first art club.
Despite the fact that very few persons were convinced of art as a career path for Anthea McGibbon, she nonetheless strived against all odds to become an artist. She evidently inherited this skill from her paternal family with members who are visual artists.
She remembers the days when lights were turned off while doing her homework, for a critique, by an aunt who felt she was wasting electricity on a nonsensical career for example. However she remained encouraged by those who offered her little paying art jobs to earn her way through Art School. This and similar challenging experiences she shared with other artists who lke her camped out on campus to see their goals realised, made her even more focused to represent artists someday.
She has already completed paralegal studies, and hopes to complete legal studies someday. For now she combines all her creative exposure, experiences, training in being an arts and communications consultant, while herself still actively producing ARTwork and writings.
She also founded OAaSIS International Foundation to network members and supporting members of the creative force in assisting with the development of the creative mind of today’s youth, esp in Jamaica.
Further she offers full ARTful entertainment for children and workshops, a service she feels needs more development in Jamaica as a good tool in introducing children properly to the arts, while educating adults shy of the Arts.
She owns over 30 years experience as an artist in several areas, at least 10 of which is influenced by her training at the Edna Manley Visual College and other short art courses and internships.
She also has qualified experience in journalism and other areas of the arts such as modelling, choreography, thanks to at least the elective courses at the Edna Manley College (former Jamaica School of Art). She is always grateful to former teacher Professor Rex Nettleford who always had encouragement about her writing and critiquing.
Born November 10, in the garden parish St. Ann, in Jamaica, W.I., her name ‘Anthea’ means flower, and, she strives to bloom in whatever area she is planted. She herself paints.
Among her variety, she has done her ORCHIDAROMA series on orchids.
The VPAJ in her opinion is a critical tool in bringing its members indivually and collectively to the apex of international fame – she does her part with support services. On the other hand, she is grateful it exists for artists like herself.
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