• Medium: oil on archival canvas wrap Size: 24" x 48" On the left of the canvas, I have juxtaposed the two strong Black Women to be in front of the “Rebel Flag” which represented injustice for black people. On the flag are cotton bolls and shackles, symbols of the oppression and forced labor of our people. On the right and seeming to come out of the flag as if in a dream I have drawn a chain of slaves being driven to market. As you gaze at this canvas you see the story from Africa to the American South and from there the struggle for freedom and justice led by Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas wrap Size: 24" x 48" Kathleen Neal was born on May 13, 1945, in Dallas, Texas. Kathleen Neal and Eldridge Cleaver were married on December 27, 1967. Kathleen Cleaver became the communications secretary and the first female member of the Black Panther Party’s decision-making body. She also served as the spokesperson and press secretary. She is currently serving as faculty at Emory University School of Law. Angela Davis was born on. January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama. Davis was a vibrant activist during the Civil Rights Movement and was associated with the Black Panther Party. Davis is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Syracuse University.
  • Medium: Litho print Image Size: 5" high x 7" long (all three images included) Paper Size: 8" x 20"
  • Medium: Litho print Limited Edition 2500 Image Size: 29" x 22" Paper Size: 32" x 24.5"
  • Ashe

    $165.00
    Medium: Giclee print on Arches archival paper Image Size: 23.5" x 19" Paper Size: 28" x 23" This print was published by Maruva DQ, Inc. and actually printed by the artist using a wide format Giclee printer to produce these high quality prints.
  • Medium: Oil/ collage on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 36" x 48" The fading light of the sun on the scene represents the decline of America. In the stars of the flags are faces of Abraham Lincoln from a five dollar note showing how this country has become one of greed and control. The white stripes have images of the ancestors of our people and events that have and still are taking place in this unjust environment for Black Americans. It has been a long battle and is not over. The youth have the opportunity to make the changes as the two young men carry the flag into the future with the idea of VOTE for change, VOTE for a better future, VOTE for justice, VOTE for equality, and VOTE for freedom. In 2014, I added a gallery of 24 faces into the Lincoln stars of leading African Americans that have given a lot for this struggle and are stars in their own right. Overall, there are 41 people of note on this canvas. Can you name them all?
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 24" x 30" My father, Harold C. Hayes was one of the officers in charge of closing Moten Airfield (home of the Tuskegee Airmen) after the war. After his passing, the family found many papers and memorabilia of his days at Tuskegee and among them were many promotional photographs of the Airmen at Moten Field. This is a painting of one of them with Lena Horne posing in a fighter plane with some of the pilots around her. It is notable because it is a fact that during World War II, the USO became the G.I.'s "home away from home" and began a tradition of entertaining the troops paying for and providing transportation for all white performers to visit the military men at home and abroad to entertain them during the war. They refused to pay for any Black entertainers to do this. Lena Horne was one of the Black entertainers to pay for her own way to meet the men and provide entertainment for them. She was a pioneer and led the way for other Black entertainers to follow suit.
  • Trinity

    $20.00
    Medium: Giclee print Image Size: 18.5" x 14" Paper Size: 21" x 16"
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 30" x 40" The spirits of African American ancestors surround Dr.Maulana Karenga who started more than 30 years ago the Kwanzaa celebration that is practiced by people around the world. Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Kwanzaa is a CULTURAL holiday, not a religious one.
  • Medium: Oil/ Gold leaf on archival canvas Size:  30" x 40" Cleopatra VII was commissioned by the APEX Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and is featured in their video presentation “The Journey,” narrated by the late Ossie Davis. In this painting I have depicted her amidst the splendor of her lavishly appointed vessel. She has her favorite color of purple in the silk perfumed sails. The sounds of music being played by her attendants spread across the waters and plenty of fresh food and wine is readily available. She is lounging on her chair of gold and exotic carved wood. She is wearing the golden crown of Isis on her head and a cloak of stars she is said to have worn often, depicting the rule she commanded as a goddess of the heavens.  
  • Medium: Oil/ Collage on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 30" x 40" In this painting I have captured a moment during a march through downtown Atlanta in support of the unjust killing of Michael Brown. These youngsters have taken a step of protest to the streets and I wanted to capture that determination of the marchers in the faces and their posture. On the American flag they carry, I have placed the images of those killed while unarmed by the police with names and dates on the red stripes of the flag. On the white stripes I have placed the many marches held around the country in solidarity of these atrocities.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 24" x 30" This oil on canvas is a portrait of Amina and her child, Wasila with the background of stones that were to take her life. Nestled within the stones is the biblical quote from John 8:7 “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” As The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan once said, “Wherever Black people on this planet suffer, our goal should be to see our wounds healed, the damage repaired and all Black people free to bring again to the world what we originally brought, which was the light of knowledge and advanced civilization.”
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" 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  are printed on fabric, carved into gold weights, and jewelry. These many designs contain a large inventory of folk sayings that share wisdom.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 30" This image reminds me of a Nautilus swimming in the ocean. This mask was inspired by the Balinese people living near the water. This painting is part of a small work series influenced by masks from around the world. I was originally trying to do a painting a day but ran into a snag when the oils took to long to dry or set. It left me being able to do a painting each 3-6 days depending on how quick the oils set up. This mask is one of three diptych canvases (which means two canvases to make one image) that I finished from my small works series.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" This painting features the Kalimba, musical thumb piano, juxtaposed with parts of various mask features and beads. It is part of the series where I painted these small works for a month back to back. Most were of masks but two were more of the musical feel.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" The identifiable lines on this healing mask are abstracted and carried into and around the image creating motion and a sense of infinity as the eye is captured and begins to travel around and around. This feeling captures the notion that the healing expertise began at the beginning and will continue into the future of this planet. In this mask is such knowledge and experience that carries into many generations and is only now beginning to be recognized by modern man.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" The inspiration for this mask was from the designs of a carving on the side of an ancient calabash bowl found in Ethiopia.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 30" Having celebrated Chinese New Year in San Francisco China Town while living in the California Bay area, I was influenced by the intricate designs of the Chinese Dragon masks and floats. This mask is a reflection of that influence. This mask is one of three diptych canvases (which means two canvases to make one image) that I finished from my small works series.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" An abstraction of an ancient Kuyu mask from Central Africa done in my quick 3-6 day series. I originally wanted to paint one a day but discovered that in oils, I could only do them as fast as 3-6 days for the oils to set before I was able to paint another area of the work. Acrylics would allow me to actually paint one a day but I prefer oils as my medium.
  • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 30" This was inspired by an ancient mask from the Kran people of Liberia. During this timeframe, the African slave trade was becoming more prominent and many of these masks were stolen and taken to Europe for their private collections. Ironically, this mask was used for healing practices. This mask is one of three diptych canvases (which means two canvases to make one image) that I finished from my small works series.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 14" x 18" Devil mask?  No way! This ancient mask is from the Bobo Fang in Mali. It reflected the antelope and was traditionally used as a kind of prayer to appease the animal spirit and thank them for the life that will feed the village.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  11" x 14" This painting was inspired by the ancient  BASONGE healing mask used by designated healers that brought with them years of experience in herbs and medicines (much like modern doctors of today) and this mask was worn to ensure a positive image to aid in faith and assurance of the skills of the wearer. To see this mask brought about a feeling to the patient that healing was on the way. Don't we often feel a sense of relief when the doctor with the stethoscope around his neck is on the job? Faith is a thing that can still heal today. The identifiable lines on this healing mask are abstracted and carried into and around the image creating motion and a sense of infinity as the eye is captured and begins to travel around and around. This feeling captures the notion that the healing expertise began at the beginning and will continue into the future of this planet. In this mask is such knowledge and experience that carries into many generations and is only now beginning to be recognized by modern man.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 9" x 12" This is the first 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. Red pears and a lime with a spice jar holding nutmeg spice is the still life subject matter. Each painting in this series has a still life of fruits or vegetables, the jar with a name of an exotic spice and the added signature piece of a mask hidden in the background.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  11" x 14" There is a real variety of tulip called Fiesta Tulip and they are very colorful. By placing them in this still life set up, I added another dimension of color keeping the tropical feel. The crystal vase was a wedding gift that I enjoy using because of the reflective light patterns within the crystal. It is always a pleasing challenge to complete a still life in Plastic Space.I enjoy using my signature style of Plastic Space abstract to paint the tropical feel of these still life set ups that can enhance any area of the home.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 18" x 24" This unusual vase was inspired by an artist that created porcelain vases with the patterns of dreads flaring out from the vase. I used this influence to create my own Plastic Space version of a vase in this still life set up. The color palette is a bit cooler than I usually use and creates an interesting feel.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 9" x 12" 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: Oil on archival canvas Size:  9" x 12" 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: Oil on archival canvas Size: 18" x 36" Tropical 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. Of course I like to place portions of masks into the background to add that richness of a cultural flair.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 18" x 36" Tropical 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. Of course I like to place portions of masks into the background to add that richness of a cultural flair.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 14" x 18" This still life set up is rendered using my signature style of Plastic Space abstract. Note the use of portions of masks in the background to create an atmosphere of a rich cultural heritage.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 11" x 14" I enjoy gardening and growing fresh vegetables and flowers. One summer my Zinnias were especially beautiful and prolific. I couldn't help but put them into a still life to capture for posterity.
  • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 11" x 14" I enjoy gardening and growing fresh vegetables and flowers. One summer my Zinnias were especially beautiful and prolific. I couldn't help but put them into a still life to capture for posterity. I painted two different still life's using these flowers to create a pair for decorative purposes.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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: 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 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 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 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: 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 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: Litho print Image size:  16"x 12" Paper size 20"x 16"
  • 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 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 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: 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 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 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.