Encaustic Monochromatic


Mission_Female Founded

I am a contemporary multidisciplinary artist who enjoys working in mixed media, embroidery and paint exploring both large scale projects and smaller more intimate work. The aim of my practice is to produce thought provoking artwork that comments on social and environmental injustice. These are often topics that, as a society we feel uncomfortable addressing but are necessary for positive change.

Initially, I had dreams and aspirations of becoming a hyper realistic painter and mainly focusing on capturing someone's essence in their portrait, however, after coming to the United States to pursue an education and career in the arts, I discovered a deeper passion for activism and the ability to use my artwork to evoke change and unity in society.

Since graduating from the University of Tampa in May 2020, my work has caught the eyes of Art directors in top publications such as TIME and the Washington Post. I was commission to produce the hand embroidered flag that appears on the cover of the August 31st/ September 7th issue 2020 of TIME, also commissioned by the Washington Post to capture the history made by Vice President Kamala Harris and even appeared as a keynote speaker for Adobe MAX; sharing my journey and emphasizing the importance of art as a vehicle for activism.

My unique hand embroidery work has also been featured in Colossal magazine, The Jealous Curator blog, The American Craft Council, Embroidery Mag UK and Domestika. I hope to inspire other young aspiring artists to experiment, pursue their dreams and create art that tells a story.


Growing up in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago to be exact, was one of the main factors that has molded Nneka Jones into the artist she is today. Her astounding love for color and special attention to detail, as influenced by her culture, have always been prominent throughout her artistic journey.

The twenty-four-year old artist has graduated with a BFA and minor in Marketing from the University of Tampa in May 2020. One of her most recent achievement was a commission from TIME magazine to produce the cover artwork for the August 31st/ September 7th issue 2020. The artist is now speaking at events like Adobe MAX, inspiring others by sharing how she turned her doubts, into dreams, and made those dreams into reality. She uses her artwork as a tool to speak out against social injustices that are overlooked in everyday life and have viewers stop and internalize the messages within her pieces.


She quotes, “There is the artwork, the meaning behind the artwork and the story that the artwork tells.” She believes that her artistic journey has only just begun and she is eager to explore her creative purpose in life, to reach her ultimate goal of being an internationally renowned artist.


Juried Exhibitions

2021                    Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (51st, Virtual Show)- Board of Directors Award

2020                    Contemporary Fiber in Florida

Florida Craft Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, Fl. Best in Show

Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of Arts

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Tampa, FL. Roddy Brownlee Reed Award of Artistic Excellence

2019                    AKMA Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

The Albrecht- Kemper Museum, Missouri. Best in Show

National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Student Juried Show

Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl. Honorable Mention

The Gasparilla Festival of Arts

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, Fl. Best Emerging Artist

Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition

Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl. First Place

2017                    Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition

Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl.

2016                  Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition

Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl.                              

Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition

The Vaughn Center, Tampa FL. First Place

2014                    Women in Art Organization, Biennial Art Competition

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Women in Art Trophy (Experimental), Honorable Mention (Scultpure)


Group Exhibitions

2021                    REVERBERATIONS- Scarfone Hartley Gallery

                             Tampa, FL


                             St. Petersburg, FL

                             Ferman Center for the Arts- Alumni Exhibit

                             Tampa, FL

Athletes/ Artists and Causes, Project GOAT Charity Art Auction

                             Tampa, FL.

The Ferman Arts Center- Grand Opening (Permanent Collection)

                             Tampa, Fl.

2020                    Florida CraftArt Festival- Craft with a Twist

Florida Craft Art, St. Petersburg, Fl.

Morean Arts Center- SHINE Mural Artists

St. Petersburg, Fl.

SHINE Mural Festival

St. Petersburg, Fl.

Women: A Study in Visual Diversity

                             Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Fl.

                             Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival

                             Brandon, Fl.

CREATE, The Art of Expression

                             THJA Event Center, Tampa, FL.

2019                   UT Body Campaign Exhibition

Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl.

2017                   Moticos

Kent State Exchange, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.


2021                    Project GOAT Art Auction- Anonymous collector placed bid for “Yellow Light Shooting Range”

                             The Washington Post- Commissioned Portrait of VP Kamala D. Harris for special inauguration section

2020                    Ferman Arts Center University of Tampa, Tampa, Fl. Permanent Collection

                             Florida CraftArt Gallery, St. Petersburg, Fl. Permanent Collection

                             TIME Magazine, Special commissioned image for cover of Aug/ Sept 2020 issue.

                             Ashley Longstore, Artist- Purchased “Red Light District II”

                             Amy Tingle- Northport, ME. Purchased “Green Light”

                             Steven Loloi- Dallas, Texas. Purchased “Yellow Light”

                             Evan Schwartz- Bloomfield , NJ. Purchased “Red Light”

Neil Gobioff- Tampa, Fl. Purchased “Shooting Range Target” and “Dartboard Target”

Shawna S. Baker- Tulsa, OK. Purchased “Colorism”

2019                    Dean of College of Arts and Letters, David Gudelunas- Purchased “The Power of Words” NASAD show, Scarfone/ Hartley.

Tiffanie Clegg - Purchased “Self Portrait II”, Gasparilla Festival of Arts.

Jordan Morgenstern - Purchased “Target I and Target III”, Gasparilla Festival.

                             General Peter J. Schoomaker, ROTC and Athletics Building, Tampa, Fl. – This building is home to the collaborative mural completed with ROTC program.           


Awards and Recognition

2021                   Board of Directors Award- Gasparilla Festival of Arts (GFA), Tampa, Fl.

2020                    First Place -Contemporary Fiber in Florida, Florida Craft Art, St. Petersburg, Fl.

                             Roddy Brownlee Reed, Award of Artistic Excellence- Gasparilla Festival of Arts 2020 third place award.

                             Charlene Gordan Award for Most Outstanding Student- Graduated Top of the Art Program

2019                    Best of show- Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art (AKMA) Juried Undergraduate Exhibition.

                             William O’Dowd Memorial Emerging Artist Award - Gasparilla Festival of Arts 2019 Best of show award for the emerging artist program.

First Place, Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition- Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl. 



Original Unique Work

Encaustic wax and oil paint on panel using a monochromatic color scheme

Encaustic on Panel

16" x 20"

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