Artist Statement Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana and St. Thomas, VI. I am celebrating the life force and indwelling spirit within each of us, and the joy of living and being one with the Universe.
My evolution from a figurative, expressionist painter to a mixed-media collage artist unfolded over 35 years. I have exhibited in over 85 solo, juried, and group exhibitions. A native of Washington, DC, my appreciation for art began as a child thanks to my dad who made gallery and museum visits a part of our Sunday activities.
I am paying homage to humanity, family, memory, history, and spirit. I enjoy the free-flowing, abstractness of collaging; and finding the pulse of a concept, and going with the flow. Working from an Afrocentric framework, my art is colorful, infused with textures, patterns, rhythm, and repetition. Compositions are constructed of magazine cutouts, ready-made materials, paint, photographs, fabric, oil pastels, and altered pictures from my earlier works that are repurposed/recycled. I am producing a body of work that is authentic and where each piece is part of a greater whole. Art has peacefully transformed my life and keeps me in touch with the kid inside of me.
Bio Selected solo exhibits: The Gallery at IONA, Washington, DC; “Kaleidoscope,” Art Program Gallery, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), College Park, Maryland; “Recent Paintings,” Parish Gallery, DC; and “Giving Birth to the Dream”, Coburn Gallery, Colorado College, Colorado Springs..
Selected group exhibitions: “At War With Ourselves - A Visual Response,” Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood, MD; “60 Americans,” Elga Wimmer PCC, New York City, NY; “Light of the Ancestors,” Pepco Edison Place Gallery, DC; “The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC, 80th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature,” Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Bethesda, MD; “Fountain Art Fair,” Rush Arts Gallery, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL
Selected juried shows: “Black Creativity 2010,” the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL; “ “Contemporary Afro-American Painting & Sculpture,” Bayly Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
MS Management - UMUC BA Theater Arts - University of the District of Columbia