Islanders don’t need an introduction to Dready, he is very much part of life and culture in the Cayman Islands. The Jamaican-born resident is a well-known artist whose vibrant work can be seen across Grand Cayman and beyond.
Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
I am an artist, who signs his work ‘Dready’. My work has a very distinct graphic style; bright bold colors and simple backgrounds
How long have you lived in the Cayman Islands and what is it about the destination that you love the most?
I came here as a boy and have lived in the Cayman Islands for over 20 years now. I love the color and the light you get here, and my surroundings inspire my art. There’s also a lot of cultural activity here, from art shows to concerts.
Have you got a favorite beach?
We live on South Sound Beach – the water’s quite shallow and full of turtle grass, but it’s just so beautiful. The location is quiet, palm-fringed, tropical and the reef is really close, so it is definitely my favorite beach.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
It would have to be rugby; we’re lucky to have lots of opportunities here for playing sport, both indoor and outdoor, team and individual. The weather is amazing, so good for sport all year round.
If you only had one day to show us the best of the Cayman Islands, where would you take us?
This really is a tough question! There are so many cool things you can do in a day as the islands are quite small – truly, you could fly to Little Cayman, drive round it, fly back and still have time to go round Grand Cayman. But the Caribbean pace is slow, so why rush? If I had one day to show you the best of this place, then a few things stick out in my mind: eating at Miss Vivine’s Kitchen, which is in an amazing location; Rum Point has a great vibe, especially when few people are there; experiencing the gorgeous waters on Cemetery Beach on the 7 mile strip; a walk along South Sound Beach in the late afternoon; the tranquillity of Blossom Village on Little Cayman; sitting on the seawall watching the sunset in George Town. My list could go on and on!
How would you spend your perfect evening in the Cayman Islands?
It’s great when we have bonfires on the beach … it looks magical and it’s a good way of getting everyone together.
Where is your favorite local hangout?
On Sunday mornings I like to go pick up food from Wellys for breakfast – you have to go early early ‘cause the food runs out. To soak up the local atmosphere during the day , then have lunch at Country and Western; sit, eat, drink, enjoy.
What’s your favorite time of year on the islands and why?
November through to April; the weather’s cool, there’s lots of activity, but South Sound is usually tranquil and calm!