Jodi Dareal was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1989. Art was always a mayor component in her life. From a young age she began drawing wildlife pictures and as the years progressed her curiosity grew. While attending Urban Academy Lab High School, she focused on her Trinidadian heritage. Her paintings featured bright colors, symbols and traditional folk tales from Trinidad and Tobago. Jodi graduated from high school in 2008 and moved on to Penn State Altoona. While there she developed a new style using various shading techniques. Jodi's content at this time was still life and realistic portraits. She then transferred to SUNY Buffalo where she completed her college education and earned a BA in Art History. She experimented with oil painting and abstract concepts. After college she moved to Staten Island and began selling her art and creating more content in various genres.