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Check Out Acquille Dunkley’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Acquille Dunkley.

Hi Acquille, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born in Jamaica and lived there for the first 16 years of my life. My dad is a graphic designer and my mom is a caregiver so I grew up around art and hospitality. I finished high school in Royal Palm Beach, Florida and shortly after graduating, I got invited to represent America in the first Adobe Certified Associate World Championship in Photoshop – where I was placed in the top 20 of the world.

During this time, I began experimenting with photography and 3D digital art. I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to work on a BFA degree in photography at The Savannah College of Art and Design. I took this time to dive deeper into capturing the essence of a person through lighting and emotions. These studies helped me nurture the passion for creating mood from the dichotomy of highlights and shadows. Outside of school, I was learning motion design and 3D digital art as well. Right after graduating college, I received an offer to work in the movie industry in Los Angeles as a motion graphic designer. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work on movie trailers, artist portraits and album visuals for musicians. I recently released a collection of 3D digital fine art that was worked on over seven years along with my photography portfolio.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I believe that failing something is a good way of learning what won’t work. You still gain knowledge from it and I like to look on the brighter side of things to use the struggle as fuel for self-improving. Sometimes, a creative vision looks better in your head than in front of you. When this would happen to me, I try my best to navigate through the stress and continue working with optimism. Persistence, perseverance and patience are words that mean a lot to me.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My work studies the connection between the flow of nature and the flow within our mind and body. I find fascination in the contrast between shadows and highlights and I use my art as an opportunity to create mood and deep emotions that will allow the viewer to appreciate the textures and details all around us. The moody lighting can represent those quiet moments we all go through when the sun is about to rise or set. In these moments, you are either at peace, chaos, or neither.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Self-improvement, self-love and the sharing of great energy and knowledge among like-minded people is what makes me happy. Being kind and supporting each other doesn’t cost a thing. Recently I have learned the importance of maintaining a healthy mental space and how great it is to have relations with people who nurture that.

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