Since the early 1980s, my work has involved the creation of works on canvas and paper. Initially my work reflected images reminiscent of my childhood, i.e., landscapes of the hills of Tennessee. My chosen medium, at that time was oil paints and occasionally pastels. Over the years, however, I switched to acrylic paints, enjoying the ease of covering a surface quickly with vibrant opaque colors. In the early 1990’s I began to paint scenes of African tribesmen and women. This was a result of many trips to book stores and libraries where I researched and studied facets of African culture. During this time I also re-discovered my love of cloth and my wish to create flowing fabrics, on the bodies of my images was born.
In retrospect, I realize that my love of working with fabrics began long before painting entered my life. So, let’s go back to life before painting. After graduating from Carver Smith High School, I attended summer school at Fisk University, Nashville, TN. In the fall of 1965 I began my studies of Clothing & Textiles/ Minor in Arts on the campus of Tennessee State University, where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree. I’d like to tell you that I embraced school and campus life, but I did not. At the end of four years, having only 12 credits remaining in order to receive my degree, I moved to Miami, Florida, got a job and stayed there for four years. When I came to my senses, I packed my belongings and moved back home, with my parents. Then I got a job and returned to Tennessee State University to finish my studies, graduating on the Honor’s Roll.
My desire to create art is implanted deeply within me. It is my passion. Through out the years I have gone from painting landscapes to painting scenes of Africa, to painting dancers with flowing garments. Along the way I have fashioned Polymer Clay jewelry, soft sculpture dolls as well as sculptures made of clay. My work has been displayed in Washington, DC, Union Point, GA and many places in between. It, my work, has been on the cover of magazines as well as college book covers.
Art that touches the soul...