"Art allows me to express what's important to me. The beauty of African American families in everyday life inspire me. I am presently working with Acrylics.
I draw strength and joy from the work of World Renown artist, Jonathan Green, Leroy Campbell and LiLi Bernard. I love the simplicity of Andrew Turner's paintings. April Harrison brings such beauty and creativity with her painted backgrounds. The dark complected skin toned faces in Tamara Natalie Madden's (RIP) paintings, depict strength, pride, and the dignity of the black woman, and Madge Scott get's my attention with her powerful figures and faces of women in community, unified with strength! The list of artists who inspire me is steadily growing.
The artwork I create is different, in that, it is uniquely inspired by my own personal story, and the stories told to me by my grandmother.
My goal, and objective, as an artist, is to get more visibility, and to hang on the walls of as many homes as possible.
I have been told that the choice of colors I use, and the way in which I depict my subject, stands out as it tells inspiring stories .
Generally, I start each painting with a sketch of some sort, followed by an underpainting. I choose a background color, and then begin laying the foundation for the painting. Sometimes, I just go with the flow and the strong inspiration I'm feeling at that moment, and just put paint to canvas!
My protege is World Renown artist, Jonathan Green, because of his ability to take a simple subject and produce a beautiful story. He is not only a painter, but a strong activist that brings attention to the history of rice, and the Gullah people, in S.C.
My art evokes hope! My art evokes strength, and my art speaks of the dignity of my people, and the the incredible endurance of the African American!
I recently won the 'People's Choice' award at a gallery showing.
When I think about artists from the past, Henri Matisse comes to mind. He gives me the courage to use patterns and colors that are realistic for the times and environment I'm in. Pablo Picasso gives me just enough edge to break the mold and be creative with shapes and facial expression. He was not afraid to use color or to give a different perspective on something familiar."