an African-American abstract artist who was born in Orangeburg, SC, spent my first twelve years in the segregated South
until my parents moved the family North to New York City. Even as a young
child, the pull of my imagination was irresistible. Crayons were my first medium, using the same brilliant lush color that continues to be one of my signature marks.
At John Adams High School in Queens, I was encouraged
to work with pencil, tempura and oil. Having shown a great deal of talent and
having been encouraged by my teacher(s) I always made art. It was my sense
of pragmatism which kept me from attending New York’s Art Students League to
study art. Instead I entered the
business world, completed a degreed program in computer technology at night.
After a successful career in a renowned financial services firm where I was
Vice-President in the Technology Division I transitioned to become a
For the last 20 years, I have been painting
and showing my work. A diagnosis of cancer made me appreciate the
impermanence of life and come to treasure every day. My resolve and commitment
to my art strengthened and changed the course of my work. Initially, I worked in a hard edge
geometric style but became dissatisfied with the constriction of the linear
form. I began to create works with
subtle surfaces full of rich color, balancing calligraphic lines and soft edged
shapes creating paintings which betray a studied simplicity.
Another pivotal moment in my career came when I saw
the work of Japanese abstract expressionist, Tsugio Hattori who was my teacher and mentor until his death in 1998. Today my art reflects both African
and Asian influences in color and style. My collectors speak of a quiet sensitivity they find in my work. My focus is to create a quiet emotional balance in my work. My work has been exhibited
in museums, galleries, universities and corporations as well as in private and
corporate art collections nationally. I continue to live and work in New Jersey.
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My inspiration comes for within but at this time in my life I am starting to look towards nature for inspiration. Its the challenge of creating something new that is truly my inspiration
I use acrylic paints, they produce less vapors which might cause additional stress on my body. I paint on canvas which I sometimes stretch myself. I love vivid color, it brightens my day.
in Show; awarded to painting ‘Monkey Wrench
Quilt’ juried by Susan Manspeizer. An exhibition ‘Celebrating Bergen County’s
Diversity’ mounted by The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford NJ.,
Armstrong Foundation Grant; participant in 'Still Life: A
Workshop for Cancer Survivors, Creative Center, New York, NY 2005
You Make a
Difference Award; Salute to Women
in the Arts, Bergen County, NJ, 2004
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