Initially, I created what I thought I was supposed to based upon how the world defined me. Today my art surpasses who I am as a hyphenated identity: African American, Belizean, and woman. I had to go deep within myself to find and express the real me. Now I take license from that place inside of me that is beyond my race, gender, and ethnicity.
Granting myself permission to hear a particular criticism helped me to realize that freedom is wisdom. Once I was able to incorporate criticism into my artistic way of seeing and being, I experienced a new emergence in my work. For the first time it was pure, original, and undeniably Me. While I had no connection to abstract art, what came out of me was honest versus planned from some outer paradigm.
My mission is to encourage my audience to see themselves as well as others internally rather than externally. I use tones, shades, colors and strokes to engage my audience, inviting them to explore and embrace their innermost thoughts and feelings.
Most often, a force that is beyond me informs and guides my creative expression.
I am called upon to create my art in response to the events, circumstances and times of the world around me.
Whether it is the plight of women and children around the world or the tragedy of a natural disaster or a conversation with a friend, I create from the now. I use my work as a way to share information by connecting it to socio economic and political issues. I donate to charities that deal with the social and economic development of women and families globally. As such, my art has a purpose beyond the surface and the eye.
Just as a book is delineated by paragraphs, pages, chapters, and volumes my work embodies all that I encounter.
Artist Bio / CV
1995-96 Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY
1983-85 Otis Parsons School Of Design, Los Angeles, CA
1979-83 Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, New York, NY
2008 School Of Visual Arts Residency, Painting and Mixed Media, New York, NY
2005-present Lincoln Center Institute, New York, NY
Select Solo Shows
2005 My View, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AR
2003 The Duplicity of the Proletariat, UFA Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Unbroken, UFA Gallery, New York, NY
Select Group shows
2008 Hearne Fine Art, National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
Daughters Of The Diaspora, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AR
2007 Colours Fine Art, National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
Hearne Fine Art Anniversary Exhibition, Little Rock, AR
2006 Abstract Expressionism: A Sublime Experience, Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavillion, New York, NY
Abstraction, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Colours Fine Art, National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AR
2004 Kenkeleba Gallery, National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
2003 Rush Fine Arts, New York, NY
Unbroken, The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ
National Black Fine Arts Show, UFA Gallery, New York, NY
2002 No Greater Love: Abstraction, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
Believe, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ
NAC, Rush Fine Arts, New York, NY
UFA Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art, Brooklyn, NY
Gale-Martin Gallery, New York, NY
2000 UFA Gallery, National Black Fine Arts Show, New York, NY
Celebrating Black History Month, The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ
Celebrating Black History Month, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ
City Hall, Mount Vernon, NY