SASHAWANA BUCKLAND: Citing the likes of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Cecil Cooper among her idols, Buckland is a perceptive and fiercely talented one to watch. "I admire Cooper because he works with a lot of colours and I love colours obviously. Normally, I use colours to depict a person's personality. And I have technique called liquid painting, and that's the technique that I've used on most of the paintings that I've come up with." That includes her riveting self-portrait Missing Pieces, which she's exhibiting on this her second outing at Art Fresh. "As a child, I loved drawing and painting, and after leaving high school and Edna Manley College, I started exhibiting," explains Buckland, who also submitted the engrossing Shell Shocked and is hopeful about her future prospects. "I'm hoping to be an established Jamaican artist internationally, and to see what can come out of Jamaica eventually because we have a lot of talent here. I don't necessarily want to be famous or rich; I just want people to know that we exist, and we have our own movement going on."
STACY-ANN HYDE: Probably the veteran of the group, Hyde remains fascinated about the fertile ground for creativity that is Jamaica. "There is so much passion for art here, and for the next five to ten years I envision it becoming as big as the art scene in New York. It looks like a long stretch with the economy and everything that's going on, but there'a still a place for art in Jamaica, and I want to be a part of it," offers the bright-eyed Hyde, who has shown her paintings in the national JCDC exhibits, at the Pegasus Gallery and at the National Biennial, prior to taking a break from the scene. So how does it feel to be finally back from hiatus? "I tried to ignore art, but it won't leave me alone. So I basically just have to let it work itself out through me, and that's what I'm doing," says the Edna Manley College alum, whose eye-popping pieces Light for My Path #1 and #2 glowingly celebrate aspects of the womanly physique. "I am using art to explore the aesthetics that go with the female form, and that's why I make good use of these flower symbols, these motifs, to capture emotion and factors that are going on in my life. It's an investigation, and there are other works that will evolve from this investigation that will address the issue even more."