"Art allows me to express what's important to me. I enjoy painting, as well as creating with natural fibers. As a fiber artist, I create baskets and vessels that the Sierra Leone Africans used in the rice fields. As an acrylic painter, I enjoy using as much color as possible to show an aspect of life at its best.
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! There's the genius of Picasso, Henri Matisse, and others whose work I enjoy. 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 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.
My art evokes hope! My art evokes strength, and the beautiful scenes in the world around me.
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. Matisse was also a Print Maker and a Sculptor. This inspires me to create in various areas of the arts. 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."