If you don’t know by now, my name is Sheenica Smiley and I’m a Visual Artist. I’m originally from Alabama (often mistaken for being from up north because of my “accent”) and I’m the oldest of 5. I’m also a mother of 1 and family is everything to me. I’m a Creative by nature with a passion for all art forms to include drawing, painting, music, writing, photography & filmmaking. There’s nothing like coming up with an idea and then creating it into something real. Art is a reflection of you and it’s a blessing to be able to share it with the world.
As long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with arts & colors. If it had anything to do with color pencils, markers, and scissors, I wanted IN! There wasn’t one school year that went by where I wasn’t enrolled in an art class and Lisa Frank school supplies was all I ever needed in my life. During my Junior year in high school I joined the yearbook committee and that’s where my love for photography began. I studied journalism and photography basics to include composition & lighting.
After graduating high school and a 2 year stint at Popeye’s, I joined the United States Air Force in 2004 at the tender age of 19. My first duty station was RAF Lakenheath, England where I took my first photography class and learned how to develop film. I purchased my first DSLR Canon camera in 2007 and started my professional photography & entrepreneurial career by doing my very first boudoir photoshoot September 1st of that same year and before the year ended I was a published photographer and the rest is history! I’ve been professionally creating ever since.
I have since obtained my B.A. in Film Production, currently finishing my Masters in Entertainment Business, and have worked with celebrities such as Kountry Wayne, Tink and J. Holiday. Although, I have branched off into other entrepreneurial ventures, to include real estate investing and teaching leadership & team building, art will always be my first love. Art is my anchor and I am blessed for where my work has taken me and excited for what has yet to come because this is only the beginning!
Associates of Science in Financial Management, 2014
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production, 2015
Masters of Science in Entertainment Business, 2019
Ph.D, Organizational Leadership, Current
Published Photographer December 2007
15 years of military & managerial experience