Pastel and Encaustic Art

I am a woman of sixty years, always in search of connections.

I know the potential value of art and the opportunity I have to direct my work in ways which can help to uplift and transform. I work to  change our view  into one which is more humane,

and far richer for its ability to  reflect our  humanity.

It is essential that black people see themselves   painted with dignity, not as the clown, court jester, ghetto dweller, gangster or criminal. It is equally as important that white people see this, for it is the antidote to stereotyping so prevalent in other media. We all believe the stereotype, not because it is true but rather because it is relentless, like a song we do not care for, yet find ourselves humming. Imagery influences thinking.

I have never been more excited, nor more ready to work. Mine has been a journey into a deeper awareness of who and what I am. These newfound connections continue to deepen my conviction that this is necessary work.  I have gratitude for being in this place at this time in history, and for finding joy and value in my work,  I even  have gratitude in the knowledge that such joy is still possible in today’s world where so many find little joy in work.

I have let go of the academic discourse, and grabbed hold of the social, spiritual and psychological effects which imagery has on our lives. Art appeals to our core. It is meant to be shared.  Select it with care, it both speaks to you and for you. It alters living and work spaces.    When you find it, own it, and share it with others as you might share a fine wine, or an intimately personal experience.