I'm Nickii Kane and I’m known as the creative one, always have been. I discovered this at age 7 when my teacher asked the class to draw an animal. As I looked up, there was a paper cut out of an elephant hanging from the ceiling. I started drawing. It came out pretty good so I continued drawing animals in my spare time until my curiosity led me to other subjects.
As my interests expanded, I began experimenting with various art forms such as painting, sketching, and photography. Growing up in Granville, a small inner city community in St.James, wasn’t necessarily peaceful all the time. It is known to be one of the most violent ghetto communities in Montego Bay, but I was lucky to be raised on the more peaceful side of the neighborhood, nestled in the middle of a small hill. My parents, brother, and I lived with my maternal grandparents in a small two bedroom wooden house. The surroundings resembled that of a typical ghetto yard in Jamaica, where the bathroom, shower, and kitchen are located outside. I spent my time aside from school, studying the fundamentals of artistry in all capacities. Art was my escape from the daily routine.
At age 13, I discovered photography after becoming disinterested in playing video games with my brother and our friends. Seeking a new adventure, I ended up exploring in my Mother’s closet and found a small pink digital Samsung pocket camera. I then needed to find a model to photograph so I made my brother stand in as my subject. He was always the “Mr. Pretty Boy” amongst our friends. We look alike actually, almost like twins. It wasn’t long after developing my newfound love for photography, that social media became the trend. Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr became the preferred platforms for showcasing photos, ideas, and communicating amongst peers. I got involved and started posting the pictures of my brother. People responded positively, and I was pleasantly surprised.
My progression in wanting to learn everything I could about art naturally led me to pursue secondary education at Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts, located in Kingston Jamaica, where I earned a Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication. After a couple years of studying graphic design, my simple childhood hobby presumed to make way for a professional career. I then applied my knowledge to other fields of interest.
When you're doing what you're supposed to do, it seems to make a way for one to succeed. Since graduating college I have established myself in Jamaica as a Creative Director for leading companies and trendsetters within industries ranging from; music, food & beverage, fashion, beauty, and travel.