The journey of an artist is never boring. Glancing back to move forward, I feel totally comfortable sharing my story with you. My journey began designing cards and invitations. I enjoyed what I was doing but instantly became challenged by clients to paint larger images. The requests caught me off guard because I didn't consider myself to be a painter. In my heart, I wanted to create large art, I just couldn't make anything bigger than a 5 x 7. As a self taught artist, the requests continued so I started trying to paint bigger. I wasn't sure what exactly to paint. I knew I loved movement, and fluidity. My inspiration for my first collection came to me one day as I was watching the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater perform. I was moved by every act. I went home and began to paint dancers in motion. Here's my first interview from 2013 on YouTube with L.A. based photographer, Leroy Hamilton.
I continued to challenge myself to paint bigger and bigger. I soon began to paint freestyle images of 8 x 10's , and 11 x 14's. I started creating fashion illustrations to my liking. My ladies were not the usual fashion illustrations that one would expect to see, but sassy sisters with simple style, and attitude. I created the Natural Beauty Collection to celebrate freedom of expression for women of color from Latin to African American cultures.
In 2016, I felt confident enough to host my first solo artist reception. With great feedback, and positive responses, I continued moving forward. My art skills soon evolved showing lots of color vibrancy and definition. I continued to participate in exhibits, and received award acknowledgement for the support in the arts from my city. Here's a 45 minute interview on YouTube with Rasheedah @ the radio show with Let's Talk About it with Rasheedah. This interview gives an overview of select pieces Rasheedah liked and wanted me to elaborate on. I speak candidly about my work, inspiration, and wisdom learned.
This year 2018, I am working with acrylics, painting abstract and figurative subjects. I am now creating the largest paintings ever. I feel totally uninhibited painting abstract. In every stage of my artistic evolution, there's a new element of surprise and wonder. I invite you to come along side with me as this journey continues...
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