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  • Musical Ties
    • Musical Ties
    • Musical Ties
    • The musical instruments are brought together by the wood and Kente textiles that represent the direct ties to an African Heritage.  I have purposefully blended the contemporary instruments with ancient instruments, resulting in a visual celebration of ancient to modern culture. The use of cowry  shells and amber beads represent the wealth of this culture.  
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  • Syncopated Rhapsody
    • Syncopated Rhapsody
    • Syncopated Rhapsody
    • This painting is part of a series inspired by the title "From Songhai to Symphony Hall" to participate in a traveling show through the art group AAFTA and Hammonds House Galleries Atlanta. In my research of Songhai, I discovered that a main instrument called a Njarka (a one stringed instrument) was used to hold the back beat of the musical…
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  • Soulful Strings and Percussion Triptych
    • Soulful Strings and Percussion Triptych
    • Soulful Strings and Percussion Triptych
    • I have incorporated both stringed instruments and percussion. Images of the violin, guitar, banjo, and piano represent the strings. The talking drum, snare drum, tambourine, Shakara, djembe drum, and xylophone represent the percussion instruments in this painting. They are brought together by the wood and Kente textiles that represent the direct ties to my African Heritage.  I have purposefully blended…
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  • Bird of Paradise
  • White Lace and Promises
    • White Lace and Promises
    • White Lace and Promises
    • Medium:  Mixed Media Size:  30" x 36" I wanted to capture that magical moment between the new bride and groom. White lace and promises, a kiss for luck and we're on our way... This painting was inspired by the need for more images of African American brides and grooms for licensing with the card industry. For this painting I had an overlay of textured…
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  • The Sound of Soul Strings
  • Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddam
    • Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddam
    • Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddam
    • Medium:  Original oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 48" x 60" Dr. Nina Simone was a very talented and fearless performer not afraid to sing about the ugly truth in America. She wrote and performed the song "Mississippi Goddam" as a response to the horrors experienced by Civil Rights activists and supporters. This portrait of a young Nina in…
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  • Martin Luther King, Jr – Live from Birmingham
    • Martin Luther King, Jr – Live from Birmingham
    • Martin Luther King, Jr – Live from Birmingham
    • Medium:  Original oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 30" x 40" This portrait was inspired by the mug shot of a young Martin Luther King Jr. taken at the Birmingham jail. The stark contrast of his figure against the blank grey wall gave me room to use realism to add two of his greatest achievements in the background that…
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