Rickford draws great inspiration from music, studies of famous artists past and present (Michelangelo, Rembrant, Carravagio and Matisse) as well as her art instructors from Howard University (Lucille Roberts aka "Malkia", Lois M. Jones, James Porter, and David Driskell.) These people encouraged her creativity and inspired her to take risks in technique and subject matter. She has created several bodies of work in the past 40+ years including themes such as: Afrocentrism, water, still life and other aspects of nature.
“As an abstract expressionist, my art is a vehicle that uses the elements of form (color, line, and/or texture) with little or no attempt at creating a realistic art piece. Creating inspires and uplifts me, enabling me to elevate my work to a much higher level.”
- Zenobia Rickford
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