• Wholly crafted from lustrous silk and printed with original artwork, our timeless Silk Tie will add interest to any ensemble. Our 100% linen tie pairs well with lightweight button downs and blazers. Fully printed with original art and lined with complementary cool grey, available in modern or classic widths.
  • Wholly crafted from lustrous silk and printed with original artwork, our timeless Silk Tie will add interest to any ensemble. Our 100% linen tie pairs well with lightweight button downs and blazers. Fully printed with original art and lined with complementary cool grey, available in modern or classic widths.
  • Workouts, casual strolls or simple relaxation sessions at home have never been this comfortable. You’ll want to wear these stretchy, soft and shiny beauties everywhere. This unique powerful design by Marcella Muhammad says see me, see me now!
  • Look fabulous in the bold, crispy colors of this all-over printed dress. This original powerful design by Marcella Muhammad says, see me, see me now!
  • Look fabulous in the bold, crispy colors of this all-over printed dress. This unique original design is by Marcella Muhammad.
  • Look fabulous in the bold, crispy colors of this all-over printed dress. This is an original design by Marcella Muhammad inspired by African Adinkra.
  • Look fabulous in the bold, crispy colors of this all-over printed dress. The streaming colors of this unique original pattern flowover each curve.
  • Red and black earrings hand made by the artist. Part of the "Wakonda Series". Materials:  Polymer clay,gold plated findings. Length:  earrings are 2.5" long Polymer clay is lightweight avoids pulling on the ear even with large earrings.
  • The Warrior Muse 2 is sculpted with a firm face inspired by the Wakonda warrior women. She is one in the series, "Muses of the African Diaspora," inspired by the beautiful, strong faces of women of African ancestry throughout the world.  These women are the back bone of our communities, managing families, working, running businesses, defending, educating, creating, enriching and governing communities, families and countries. Details Original one-of a-kind hand sculpted necklace and earrings. Materials:  Red /gold faux raku on black polymer clay and gold plated beads on 18" 3mm black leather cord. Length:  necklace is 18" long, earrings are 2" long
  • The African Queen Muse is sculpted with a gentile yet firm face befitting a "Wakonda" queen.  She proudly wears the Pan African colors of green, gold and red. She is one in the series, "Muses of the African Diaspora," inspired by the beautiful, strong faces of women of African ancestry throughout the world.  These women are the back bone of our communities, managing families, working, running businesses, defending, educating, creating, enriching and governing communities, families and countries. Details Original one-of a-kind hand sculpted necklace and earrings. Materials:  Polymer clay on gold colored mesh chain. Length:  necklace is 20" long, earrings are 2.5" long
  • These leggings are made of 82% polyester and 18% spandex with an elastic waistband. Smooth and comfortable microfiber yarn and each pair is printed, cut and sewn to your order.
  • This tank top is a winner. Beautiful  designs rendered in eye-popping colors.  Match with coordinated leggings or yoga leggings for the complete look.  Made in 100% polyester, made in the USA, and is soft light material. Expect 8-10 days for custom printing and delivery.
  • Yoga leggings have a stylish waist band with the MaruvaWare logo on the back. Leggings for workouts, casual strolls or simple relaxation sessions at home have never been this comfortable. You’ll want to wear these stretchy, soft and shiny leggings everywhere. This is a custom item. Please allow 2-3 weeks for production and shipping.
    Size Chart:   (the fit is tight)
    Size S M L XL
    Waist 28 30 35 37
    Hips 38 41 45 49
    Inseam Length 27 ⅞ 28 ¼ 28 ⅞ 29 ¼
  • This tank top is a winner.  Match with coordinated leggings or yoga leggings for the complete look.  Made in 100% polyester, made in the USA, and is soft light material. Expect 8-10 days for custom printing and delivery.
  • This tank top is a winner. Beautiful  designs rendered in eye-popping colors.  Match with coordinated leggings or yoga leggings for the complete look.  Made in 100% polyester, made in the USA, and is soft light material. Expect 8-10 days for custom printing and delivery.
  • This tank top is a winner.  Match with coordinated leggings or yoga leggings for the complete look.  Made in 100% polyester, made in the USA, and is soft light material. Expect 8-10 days for custom printing and delivery.
  • This tank top is a winner.  Match with coordinated leggings or yoga leggings for the complete look.  Made in 100% polyester, made in the USA, and is soft light material. Expect 8-10 days for custom printing and delivery.
  • This tank top is a winner. Beautiful  designs rendered in eye-popping colors.  Match with coordinated leggings or yoga leggings for the complete look.  Made in 100% polyester, made in the USA, and is soft light material. Expect 8-10 days for custom printing and delivery.
  • Yoga leggings have a stylish waist band with the MaruvaWare logo on the back. Leggings for workouts, casual strolls or simple relaxation sessions at home have never been this comfortable. You’ll want to wear these stretchy, soft and shiny leggings everywhere. This is a custom item. Please allow 2-3 weeks for production and shipping.
    Size Chart:   (the fit is tight)
    Size S M L XL
    Waist 28 30 35 37
    Hips 38 41 45 49
    Inseam Length 27 ⅞ 28 ¼ 28 ⅞ 29 ¼
  • These leggings are made of 82% polyester and 18% spandex with an elastic waistband. Smooth and comfortable microfiber yarn and each pair is printed, cut and sewn to your order.
  • These leggings are made of 82% polyester and 18% spandex with an elastic waistband. Smooth and comfortable microfiber yarn and each pair is printed, cut and sewn to your order.
  • Wall painting prints by Marcella Muhammad are available on paper and framed, on canvas, on metal, and on wood.  Bring your print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.
  • Materials: Tapestry: 100% Cotton; Chain: 100% Aluminum; Fabric covered rod: 100% plastic; Featuring the large tapestry at 31"x 30.5".

       
  • Materials: Tapestry: 100% Cotton; Chain: 100% Aluminum; Fabric covered rod: 100% plastic; Featuring the large tapestry at 31"x 30.5".

       
  • Materials: Tapestry: 100% Cotton; Chain: 100% Aluminum; Fabric covered rod: 100% plastic; Featuring the large tapestry at 31"x 30.5".

       
  • $65.00

     MARUVAWARE MODERN TEE - With a chic geometric cut, this top is the modern upgrade to your classic tee.

    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
  • $40.00

    This Zebra modal scarf made with soft, luxurious fabric will add a bold, modern statement to any wardrobe.
    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
    Placement of artwork may vary upon receipt.
  • $65.00

     MARUVAWARE MODERN TEE - With a chic geometric cut, this top is the modern upgrade to your classic tee.

    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
  • $40.00

    This Zebra modal scarf made with soft, luxurious fabric will add a bold, modern statement to any wardrobe.
    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
    Placement of artwork may vary upon receipt.
  • $65.00

     MARUVAWARE MODERN TEE - With a chic geometric cut, this top is the modern upgrade to your classic tee.

    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
  • $40.00 for 16" x 16" designer Tote bag.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $ 17.00 and $18.50

    Our coffee mugs come in two sizes: 11 oz. and 15 oz. It's all about men!  This mug design is for men with a special attitude of style, strength and an invincible spirit like a King of the planet! This Maruvaware product is printed on demand and only available through:    
  • $ 17.00 and $18.50

    Our coffee mugs come in two sizes: 11 oz. and 15 oz. It's all about women!  This mug design is for women with a special attitude of style and grace and an invincible spirit like a queen even when working! This Maruvaware product is printed on demand and only available through:    
  • $40.00 for 16" x 16" designer Tote bag.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $65.00

     MARUVAWARE MODERN TEE - With a chic geometric cut, this top is the modern upgrade to your classic tee.

    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
  • 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.  
  • $ 17.00 and $18.50

    Our coffee mugs come in two sizes: 11 oz. and 15 oz. It's all about Hattitude!  This is for women with a special attitude of style and grace who can wear a hat with an invincible spirit like a queen wearing her crown! This Maruvaware product is printed on demand and only available through:    
  • $40.00

    This scarf made with soft, luxurious fabric will add a bold, modern statement to any wardrobe.
    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
    Placement of artwork may vary upon receipt.
  • $65.00

     MARUVAWARE MODERN TEE - With a chic geometric cut, this top is the modern upgrade to your classic tee.

    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
  • Prices vary according to format and size selected. Affordable images reflecting the positive aspects of African American culture.
  • $45.00 for 16" x 16" designer pillow.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $45.00 for 16" x 16" designer pillow.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $45.00 for 16" x 16" designer pillow.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $45.00 for 16" x 16" designer pillow.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $45.00 for 16" x 16" designer pillow.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $45.00 for 16" x 16" designer pillow.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $45.00 for 16" x 16" designer pillow.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $40.00 for 16" x 16" designer Tote bag.  Other sizes available The Hattitude Collection celebrates women with a special attitude of style and grace who can wear a hat with an invincible spirit like a queen wearing her crown! Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $ 17.00 and $18.50

    Our coffee mugs come in two sizes: 11 oz. and 15 oz. It's all about Hattitude!  This is for women with a special attitude of style and grace who can wear a hat with an invincible spirit like a queen wearing her crown! This Maruvaware product is printed on demand and only available through:    
  • $ 17.00 and $18.50

    Our coffee mugs come in two sizes: 11 oz. and 15 oz. It's all about Hattitude!  This is for women with a special attitude of style and grace who can wear a hat with an invincible spirit like a queen wearing her crown! This Maruvaware product is printed on demand and only available through:  

  • $40.00 for 16" x 16" designer Tote bag.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $40.00 for 16" x 16" designer Tote bag.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $40.00 for 16" x 16" designer Tote bag.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $40.00 for 16" x 16" designer Tote bag.  Other sizes available Designer pillow with original design by Marcella Muhammad printed on demand when you place your order. This product is available exclusively online through
  • $40.00

    This scarf made with soft, luxurious fabric will add a bold, modern statement to any wardrobe.
    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
    Placement of artwork may vary upon receipt.
  • $65.00

     MARUVAWARE MODERN TEE - With a chic geometric cut, this top is the modern upgrade to your classic tee.

    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
  • $65.00

    MaruvaWare Modern Tee - With a chic geometric cut, this top is the modern upgrade to your classic tee.

    Each item is custom-made and custom printed by VIDA with original art by Marcella Muhammad.
  • The legend of the origination of the Akua'ba doll comes from the story of a woman named "Akua" (many variations of the name are found as there are many variations of the spelling of "akua'ba") who could not get pregnant and went to a local diviner or priest and commissioned the carving of a small wooden doll. She carried and cared for the doll as if it were her own child, feeding it, bathing it and so on. Soon the people in the village started calling it "Akua" "ba" - meaning "Akua's child", since "ba" meant child. She soon became pregnant and her daughter grew up with the doll. This is one of my small works series.
  • The lines of this mask were a challenge to translate into Plastic Space and were fun to explore. This art producing group from the Congo is known for their elaborate traditional carvings typically using many lines and elaborate hair renditions. This is one of a small works series and the second rendition of this mask as the first one sold right away.
  • The ancient Baga people had rich traditions of multi-functional masks and sculpture. This mask was created to bring healthy fertility to the women of the community. These masks were huge and worn on the shoulders during the dance ceremony. This is one of a small works series of Plastic Space masks.
  • This painting was inspired by an ancient mask from the Kran people of Liberia. During this time frame, the slave trade was becoming more prominent and many of these masks were stolen and taken to Europe for private collections. Ironically, this mask was used for healing practices. This is a two part painting.
  • 10"x 30" This mask reflects the Sankofa from Ghana which literally means "go back and fetch it" meaning to reflect on your past to enhance the future. These symbols on fabric, gold weights, and carvings are decorative forms that contain folk sayings of wisdom. This is a two part painting.
  • 10"x 30" This image reminds me of a Nautilus swimming in the ocean. This painting was inspired by the Balinese people living near the water. This is a two part painting.
  • The Mende  people are located in Sierra Leone and also include a small group in Liberia; they speak a language of the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family. I have captured the traditional rolls in the carvings of their masks and of course added my artistic license of Plastic Space abstraction to this two part composition.
  • Inspired by a mask from Ghana used for comical story telling and celebration, this mask is known for the elongated tongue sticking down from the mouth in an exaggerated fashion. The use of bright colored ribbons are attached to the mask, waving in the wind as the dancer prances about telling funny stories and bringing much laughter. This two part painting capture the motion and joviality of the moment in the signature style of Plastic Space abstraction.
  • Having celebrated Chinese New Year in San Francisco Chinatown while living in the California Bay area, I was influenced by the intricate designs and sweeping motions of the Chinese Dragon masks and floats. This mask is a reflection of that influence. It is a two part painting capturing the sweeping motion of the floating dragon figure in the signature style of Plastic Space abstraction.
  • It was fascinating to watch our waiter make guacamole right at our table while in Mexico. He used a mortar and pestle just like in the painting and dramatically whipped it all together. The whole experience was inspiring!
  • Medium:  Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 24" x 24' This mask is a compilation of every skin tone representing all of the races that are from the original Black man and woman on this planet. It is a portrait of the human family.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 24" x 30" This is one of two paintings inspired by being involved in an exhibition at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta using the theme, “From Songhai to Symphony Hall”.  The notes in this painting are taken from the spiritual "Wade in The Water" and the score indicates the tone of the sound of soul. I incorporated the stringed instruments of ancient Africa and those of today. The one stringed Njarka, the banjo, the piano, and the violin are evident. The addition of Kente cloth is the tie that binds them all together signifying the rhythm inspired by the ancestors. By using my signature style of "Plastic Space" I have managed to blend them all together in rhythmic waves of movement flowing in and around the objects creating a lively and colorful pattern of energy.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 24" x 36" This is one of two paintings reflecting the basic 4 elements using the models and the colors in their garments to carry this message. We are basically made up of these 4 elements which ties us to this planet and the universe. In the background are shapes with African influenced designs.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 24" x 30" The painting titled “Ashé” brings together the ancient and modern elements of artistic expression into creative tribute to our ancestors. Musical instruments, hand carved masks, fabric and vibrant colors swirl together to depict the rich heritage of artistic expression that has survived for centuries to be handed down to each new generation. The word “Ashé” is an African expression that means “Amen” with all the reverence and soul that one would say in church. It is said after pouring libations to each named and un-named ancestor in their memory.
  • Medium:  Oil gold foil on archival canvas Size:  16" x 20" Looking through National Geographic and this image of women returning to their village from the water well was captivating. I liked the color play between the sands, their skin color, the pottery, and the garments they were wearing. I used a very rough paste medium to prep the canvas before I painted. This gives it a rough texture and a feeling of the dryness and heat of that desert scene. This kind of painting is a fun workup to do before I get involved in a more serious painting.
  • Medium:  oil on canvas Size:  16" x 20" After writing my fictional novel, A Quilt of Dreams, I have become even more aware of the quilters around me in the art world. I admire their ability to produce beautiful pieces of work using only fabric as their palette and the dedication to work with those tiny little pieces of cloth and sewing them together with such precision. This painting is sort of a sketch idea to one I want to do in a larger format dedicated to the quilters through the times. This image is a tribute to all quilters and their ability to work those tiny pieces of fabric into wonderful works of art. I have incorporated many Adinkra symbols in the fabric patches which are used in Ghana to relate traditional proverbs and lessons. I have used symbols for struggle, wealth, and perseverance. In the background are the ever present ancestors guiding the creative spirit of this quilter as many quilters of today often work alone to produce artistic quilts. Historically, it was a tradition that women gathered together in groups and worked on a quilt often finishing faster and able to make more as a functional source of warmth for the coming winter.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size:  30" x 40" The inspiration for this painting came about from studying the ancestral bloodlines of my family and realizing the stark contrast of the generations. This painting depicts that lineage between the females of my African American family line in America from my (L) Great grandmother (Momma Ginny) escaping slavery and running her own business as a seamstress and raising her family; to my (R) Grandmother (Big Ruth) being a nurse and raising her family; and my mother (Little Ruth) (Center) a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute and raising her family. Even though this depicts my family, this can also fit the story of many African American families in this country.  
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  24" x 30" Using Plastic Space gives me a great license to abstract ancient masks and blend them together into an artistic composition of interest. The three masks featured in this composition represent strength and power as well as healing.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" These 10" x 10" mask paintings are part of my "paint a small work a day for one month" attempt. This actually took 4 days. I am getting faster but the oils do take time to set when working in layers. The legend of the origination of the Akua'ba doll comes from the story of a woman named "Akua" (many variations of the name are found as there are many variations of the spelling of "akua'ba") who could not get pregnant and went to a local diviner or priest and commissioned the carving of a small wooden doll. She carried and cared for the doll as if it were her own child, feeding it, bathing it and so on. Soon the people in the village started calling it "Akua" "ba" - meaning "Akua's child", since "ba" meant child. She soon became pregnant and her daughter grew up with the doll.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" The ancient Baga people had rich traditions of multi-functional masks and sculpture. This mask was created to bring healthy fertility to the women of the community. These masks were huge and worn on the shoulders during the dance ceremony.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" Inspired by the funiary Bakota masks of Africa often used to represent those departed family spirits from a positive perspective. Many of these masks have used copper and brass in their designs making them quite striking. I have incorporated some of this coloring in my painting.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" The lines of this mask were a challenge to translate into Plastic Space and were fun to explore. I decided to revisit this mask and add more color. This art producing group from the Congo is known for their elaborate traditional carvings typically using many lines and elaborate hair renditions. Once more, I elaborate that these masks are not “EVIL” as most of the Caucasian archaeologists have claimed and have managed to convince the world that they are. I was personally told by an African friend and artist that this is what the Africans told the explorers who were stealing their masks and taking them away. It was an attempt to stop them from taking their masks and carvings which were traditional culture building tools. Many were buried to hide them and those using natural wood and fibers were lost to the elements. Many of the bronze carvings and masks are still buried around villages today.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" This painting is inspired by the ancient Bakwele dance mask of people that lived in Northern Gabon. The mask was used to bring people of different tribes together in harmony. It is distinct in the two long horns representing the sprite like spirit of the antelope.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" The ancient Luba (or Baluba) were often a ferociously warlike people when confronted by the colonials trying to occupy their lands. They had rich and diverse artistic traditions, and much of their strength is reflected in the masks.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" This piece is inspired by the ancient BASSA, MASKS of Liberia. It is an exploration of features that are distinct to the region. By using my signature style of plastic Space, I am able to abstract this mask into an interesting collection of features and design.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  11" x 14" Inspired by a mask from Ghana used for comical story telling and celebration. The use of bright colored ribbons attached to the mask, waving in the wind as the dancer prances about bringing much laughter is part of the celebratory mood. I wanted to capture the motion and joviality of the moment in the celebration through the use of Plastic Space abstract.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas wrap Size:  24" x 30" This painting is a continuation of the musical series inspired by the title of "Songhai to Symphony Hall". It is one of two paintings that anchor the center piece called, "Soulful Strings and Percussion". They both reflect the fertility that comes from the spirit of the ancestors that cultivated the intelligence of creativity and its expression in the arts. A sound base was established by the ancestors of African Americans from which modern art forms derive their creative roots that continue to branch into the future. This spirit will continue to evolve and explore new and innovative vistas wether it is acknowledged by those "In power to declare great works of art" or not. Together in a tryptich, Fertility of Spirit I / Soulful Strings and Percussion / Fertility of Spirit II form a bold statement of the evolution of music from ancient Africa to the Halls of modern music. Rendered in "Plastic Space", I have incorporated the doll of fertility and the carving of a spirit guide along with the textiles of kings...Kente Cloth... And modern musical notes from an old "Negro Spiritual" ..."God's Goin' to Set This World on Fire"
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas wrap Size: 24" x 30" This painting is a continuation of the musical series inspired by the title of "Songhai to Symphony Hall". It is one of two paintings that anchor the center piece called, "Soulful Strings and Percussion". They both reflect the fertility that comes from the spirit of the ancestors that cultivated the intelligence of creativity and its expression in the arts. A sound base was established by the ancestors of African Americans from which modern art forms derive their creative roots that continue to branch into the future. This spirit will continue to evolve and explore new and innovative vistas wether it is acknowledged by those "In power to declare great works of art" or not. Together in a tryptich, Fertility of Spirit I / Soulful Strings and Percussion / Fertility of Spirit II form a bold statement of the evolution of music from ancient Africa to the Halls of modern music. Rendered in "Plastic Space", I have incorporated the doll of fertility and the carving of a spirit guide along with the textiles of kings...Kente Cloth... And modern musical notes from an old "Negro Spiritual" ..."God's Goin' to Set This World on Fire"
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 30" x 40" 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 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 the contemporary instruments with the original instruments, resulting in a visual bridge from ancient to modern culture. The background have lines of vibration that give a sense of active rhythm that ties the instruments together into a profound and original harmony.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 30" x 40" This painting is a culmination of two other paintings in this musical series. 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 the contemporary instruments with the original instruments, resulting in a visual bridge from ancient to modern culture.
  • Medium: Litho Gloss & Matt print Image size 17.5" x 25" Paper size 22" x 30"
  • Medium: Litho Gloss & Matt print Image size: 17.5" x 25" Paper size 22" x 30"
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  9" x 12" This is the one of a series of Spice paintings. It was inspired by my sister, Dianne, who is always alert to ideas for applications. These were done to fulfill an idea for tiles in home decor. The use of Plastic Space allows the images to fit into any decor and bring about an earthy natural feel that is calming and yet maintains a bit of intrigue to the viewer.  Each painting in this series has a still life of fruits or vegetables, the jar with a name of an exotic spice and  the signature piece of a mask hidden in the background.
  • Medium: Litho print Image size:  16"x 12" Paper size 20"x 16"
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 18" x 24" This little girl has the cute tilt of the head as if asking if it's OK to go ahead and explore on her own. She could be at a botanical garden or at a large plant store but either way, she knows not to just take off and needs the approval of the person that has taken her to this place. This was the unspoken look I gave my mother when I was small and if she raised her eyebrow and looked down at me, I knew I had better stay close and if she just smiled, I knew I could surge ahead. A lot of our training was using these unspoken signals and they worked!
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 24" x 36" This painting is a personal statement addressing the enigmatic need by too many Black American females seeking acceptance by altering their appearance to resemble a more accepted version of beauty, sometimes to the extreme. This painting was inspired by observing a beautiful ebony skinned girl working as a cashier in my neighborhood. She had virtually, in my personal opinion, ruined her queenly looks by having her hair bleached out to a strange shade of orange-yellow. It was braided and hanging down around her shoulders. She was wearing very obvious blue contact lenses that did not enhance her looks but made her appear to be from another planet. I can only guess, as happens too often, that at some time in her life she was convinced that she was ugly because she was black. This look might make her feel better. In my opinion, this young lady had actually destroyed her natural beauty for her imagined image of beauty. Parents, be sure to teach your children high self esteem and pride in who they are and the natural beauty they posses and don't forget to look in the mirror to make sure you are setting a good example to your children. Our history must be taught to our children to help develop self pride and worthiness and it is a family responsibility to see it done. As an educator, I know for a fact that unfortunately schools cannot be relied on to do this for us.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas wrap Size:  24" x 36" Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Kwanzaa is a CULTURAL holiday, not a religious one. Kwanzaa was created in 1996 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chair of the Department of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach. It is celebrated from December 26 through January 1. The origins of Kwanzaa are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili. Kwanzaa celebrates and reinforces family and community values. It stresses self reliance and creativity. The elements of Kwanzaa celebration includes the following seven principals:
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 18" x 24" This is the first of a series inspired by a senior gentleman strolling on the street all dressed in red. Red suit, hat, shoes, and sporting a cane doing his slow walk on the West End of Atlanta (in the HOOD) during a street festival. He was so cool with his eyes checking everything out. I just had to capture this moment and I feel it does him justice.  This study is more outside the box of my usual figurative abstracts in that it has developed a stand alone character.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas Size:  48" x 60" This is a portrait of a young Nina Simone in a reflective pose, hand under her chin and sporting a head wrap turban of Kente cloth representing her ancestral ties to Africa. There are 6 songs sung by Nina referenced visually in this portrait. Musical notes surround her filling her with a “Young Gifted and Black” talent full of versatility. One eye is a bull’s eye with the silhouette of a black woman representing the ever present drama of “The Other Woman” in the affairs of love. “Here Comes The Sun” beginning to shine through the stained glass windows representing the strong faith and hope for a better future. Around her shoulders are the remnants of a dead “Old Jim Crow” revealing a portion of our nations flag draped over her left shoulder. “I Put A Spell On You” is cast onto a divining basket with the bones and shells.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 24' x 48" The first time I ever tasted palm wine was in an African restaurant in California. I was amazed how sparkling and mild it tasted and likened it to Asti Spumante champagne, but much better. To think that they have been enjoying this taste in Africa for long before Asti ever hit the market! This painting is in remembrance of that first taste.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 30" x 40" Playa Buffet is part of my "I want to go back to Playa Del Carmen Series" that has been a recurring theme in my recent still life's. It is the warm tropical feel that these Plastic Space figurative abstracts project. One can almost feel the Spanish tile floor under your bare feet as you pick a morning fruit dish before heading out to the beach.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 11" x 14" I celebrated my first full grown watermelon from my garden in this still life set up. It gave an end of summer, beginning of fall feel to this scene. The melon was small but sweet! If I can keep the squirrels away, I might try to grow  watermelons again. The pomegranate was a touch of my childhood.  I used to love eating the them, but not so much now as an adult.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 9" x 12" In the foreground of this painting one can see a ceramic vase that I made in ceramics class in college. I positioned some fresh peaches on the drapery around the vase. In the background is a palm plant and an African mask. This painting is part of a series of still life done in the style of Plastic Space.