Why I Paint
I remember seeing my first oil painting when I was 4. It was of three woman in a dark forest with rich and velvety colors. It brought to life a mysterious, captivating and magical scene. From that point on I had a desire to create magical imagery with paint.
In my school years I drew and painted whenever I had the chance and received recognition for being good at it. In second grade (the same age as my son right now) the assignment was to paint a large sun. I painted a huge, orange rose. My mother still has it. I remember always wanting to do something unique and out of the ordinary.
To this day I still paint large roses. I create art with a unique style with dramatic, strong colors and thick and mysterious textures. With every brush stroke, scrape of the palette knife, drip of paint, I create a new world that goes in and out of reality, a place between what is real, what is imaginary and what is possible.
Me at age 4
My Motivation-Inspired by Martin Luther King Day
Over the years I've painted surrealistic cities, to clocks ticking time away, stylized roses, abstract paintings with hidden meaning, butterflies and landscapes, but I’m always drawn back to people.
Humanity fascinates me. The books on my nightstand are biographies. The most complex organisms in the universe (so far) are humans and we are fascinating. Our spirit, the thing that keeps us going on our path, intrigues me. Some spirits are strong and consistent, some waver and then repeatedly struggle through to create change (as did the visionary Martin Luther King Jr. ). Some give into darkness, never to realize their full potential. I am interested especially in painting those individuals, like Dr. King, who are courageous, who have vision and influenced the world and future generations in a way that allows us to live more fully and freely today.
In "Paint It Forward" (A reality tv show I’m part of), I paint GirlCrushPop a musician with a wonderful spirit, bright energy and who's actions makes a positive difference in the world. These are the people I am talking about. My recent exhibition focused on those great and courageous spirits that built a better world. I painted people of all races, genders and beliefs. It included men that enabled us to see the stars and woman that helped cleared our minds of discrimination. A new piece of Abraham Lincoln, who paved the road for Kings work, is also soon to be released.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. He was born January 15, 1929 was an activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence activism. This Martin Luther King Day lets remember his amazing spirit, his determination and his ultimate sacrifice to make this world a better place.
I like painting people like King adds a reminder of their accomplishments, what they contributed to our world and what an individuals can do.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.