Born and raised in the Philippines, C. Justine Tejada Nava, is an aspiring Graphic Designer from Manila, currently based in Toronto, Canada. Being born in a very religious Christian family, Justine has attended a Christian home school majority of her grade school years until reaching high school. All her life was devoted to serving God and being a good daughter to her parents. Growing up, she has been to many fund raising, feeding program, and many church events that helps the less fortunate. The inspiration in her creations are her personal experiences, love ones, and her personal relationship with God. In 2010, upon moving to Canada and reaching her teenage years, she started to explore different things. Especially expand her knowledge in the world of art. Naturally a curious girl, she starts to show more interest in many things and drifted away from God. This results to questioning her existence and purpose in life. There was a point where she couldn't speak to God because she felt like she was too far away from Him. Why is that? The feeling of being unworthy after losing communication with Him and sin. During this time, she got really sick. What saved her is art and design, more importantly, His healing hands. After this unfortunate event, lesson learned, she managed to slowly fix her relationship with God and get rid of the toxic things in her life and improve her way of living. Right now, having a stable mental health and a better relationship in all the aspect of her life; Justine's dream are very simple. Use her passion and talent as her source of livelihood, give back to her maker, and start her own family.
Justine is currently a student in George Brown College, studying Arts and Design Foundation and Graphic Design. Finishing Arts and Design this year of 2017 and hopefully attaining a diploma in Graphic Design in 2019. Using this experience to learn how to work with fellow artist and designers and create contacts that would be helpful in the near future for her career choice. This is where Justine is at the moment, a young adult student.
Mostly painting and designing, Justine's creations are made from what she feels in her heart, built up emotions, experiences, and belief. Endlessly constructing her reality. Every piece she creates has something part of her. Using her given talent, Justine wants to be of use in in the church where she belongs, to create a message, tell her story, be an inspiration, as well as an outlet to pour out her feelings. To release anger, express happiness and gratitude, comfort her own broken heart and/or as a form to find satisfaction in her own sorrow, and heal her soul.
Creative process of my self portrait inspired by Amedeo Modigliani
This was a project made in my last year of high school in 2014. A project for Visual Art 12 taught by Ms. St. Jean in Newtonbrook Secondary School. Done in acrylic on canvas 17 x 23 inches on portrait.
Before getting into the whole painting process, researching for an artist with an interesting art style was done. Mocking his way of stylized drawing of humans and studying his use of colour and shading to create 3 dimensional illusions. This process was done through researching about the artist's biography: how was his life as an artist, what influenced his works, and what is his style. After this step, i took a pencil and sketchbook, did some brainstorming of the composition, later made thumbnails for the painting, then studied with some colour.
Painting was the fun part, learning to use the brush and mix colours was a great experience. I used warm and earthy colours with a hint of cool tones to create contrast. The colours used represents my culture as a Filipino colonized by Spain. Creating a big black long hair representing my persona as a shy and timid girl.
- Romans 8:18 "The pain that you have been feeling can not compare to the joy that is coming"
- "When thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future." -unknown
- “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf