I’m fortunate enough to have a tiny preserve right behind my backyard. I decided to paint the wetland area. This is on 18″ x 20″ Canvas. I can’t wait to more studies like this. I feel as an artist we shouldn’t get lost painting what others want us to paint or what society tells us is appropriate to paint in order to get noticed. In a time where people’s ideas are so heavily influenced my social media and identity politics, it is important that we remain honest with ourselves. These are things that should inspire us naturally. It has always been about aesthetics first no matter who or what I paint. The rest is always left to interpretation.
There is something about lemons that makes me want to paint them. I think of bright happy summers. I painted this in alla prima, wet-on-wet, and left some visible brush strokes where the light hits directly.
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Hope everyone had a blessed holiday and a Happy New Year’s Day!
For the past few weeks I had been busy moving and happy to say I am settled in and ready to paint!
I decided to revisit an old photo that I painted from a while back for this painting. The other painting similar to this has sold so I don’t have a reference of my first approach. I was surprised at how much I remembered the process, although I feel this one turned out a little bit different.
As someone who grew up in an urban city in NY, I was captivated by the coastal scene and wetlands of the South. Perhaps it is because they are mysterious and full of wonder. There is beauty, but also darkness and mystery. The twisting twigs can appear chaotic and tell a story. I feel it is reflective of who I am. I can’t say this piece it is quite done, so I will leave it alone for a bit and come back to it.
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Hope everyone who celebrates had a happy Thanksgiving. Like many of you, I am looking forward to the continuation of the holidays!
Recently I had a solo exhibition titled “Partaking.” I’m happy that I received such positive responses about my art show at the JEA Gallery in Savannah, GA. Two of my paintings have found a home.
The show is now up at The Gallery Espresso in Savannah, GA for the month of December and January. I also have two shows coming up next year, one in Savannah, GA and one Jacksonville, FL. I will post more information soon.
Since I have not posted a painting in a while, I will post this one I am currently working on…
I didn’t know how realistic I wanted this to be, but I wanted to tease the viewer somewhat. Would love to hear your thoughts. What do you think of when you see a rose, specifically a yellow rose? Most people think of pink or red when you say the word rose.
This is a painting a began about a year ago. I decided to put it away and sort of forgot about it until recently. I remember being unsure about it back then, but there were elements I really liked. I painted this from my imagination. Today, I decided to add some touches to it to bring out the contrast and color. I also used a different medium back then, so I don’t want to do too much to change the effect of the old medium which consisted of a special old masters blend. Wood panels have been one of my favorite surfaces, besides linen, to work on.
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I began painting this one a couple of years ago and it was initially commissioned for a public symposium dedicated to African Americans in Classical Literature in Savannah, GA. I was able to acquire this piece again and it will now be shown at The Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA next months. What makes this piece important is that I was unable to locate a picture in color so I had to recreate this from a black and white photo. From what I know, there are very few paintings of him, if any. He is known to be the First African American Scholar in the Classics going from slavery to becoming president of Wilberforce University, in Ohio. He also wrote a classical Greek textbook for students.
This portrait is inspired by Vermeer’s famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earing” and the style of Rembrandt. This is actually a portrait of the late actress Esther Rolle, the famous American comedian from the show Good Times. I used her as the model due to her beautiful smile. This painting will be feature at the Ali Cultural Arts Center in Pompano Beach, FL on October 30th until February 22nd, 2020.
I decided to do a portrait of the late Chadwick Boseman with charcoal on 14″ x 11″ paper. He has been in so many great films aside from the well-known “Black Panther” movie. An interesting fact about this man is that Denzel Washington payed his way to the prestigious British American Drama Academy while he was still a student at Howard University. It was great that he saw the talent in this young man.
A commission portrait done with charcoal. This will be shipped off next week to a new mom! She is very excited to be receiving this. Capturing innocence is always a challenge.
Happy to have some of my pieces displayed in this virtual art show with other talented artists:
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I also decided to feature one of my older paintings from 2018. I am very passionate about the ecosystem especially since I live in a coastal area. This one was displayed at the Garibaldi Museum in Oregon for an art show dedicated to the coastal areas around the United States.