I'm a South Carolina Public school Teacher. You guessed it I'm an art instructor, and have been for 38 years. Wearing the hats of Sunday school teacher and Mens' ministry coordinator help round and focus me.
My works are about common people, emotions and ideas. I always try to use recognizable images, sometimes subtle allowing the viewers to slowly discover and interpret the work. Other images dominate, emerging from implied textural sometimes colorful environments. Some works are mixed media, combining dyes, pastels and pencils, but in the last years pastels have become dominant.
I explore emotion as well as social and spiritual concepts. Some of my works illustrate, low country Gullah life, and other works bring attention to social or political issues.
Seldom are images in fully recognizable environments. Elements are included or taken away allowing the viewer to complete the image. The use of bright colors are used to catch the eye and to engage the viewer.
A variety of media; pastels, pencils, dyes, inks and processes including collage and transfer, the application of which vary with the intent of the art work. I prefer to work in series, by subject or theme. The subject or theme of each series of work determines the materials and the processes used to create the work.
I prefer not telling a complete story, but instead allow the viewer to complete the story with the knowledge they bring to the piece.
What is now referred to as "Gullah Culture" was once shunned by the non Black communities and the education system. Now the world has realized the importance of the contributions of the low country's Black citizens contributions to not only South Carolina but the world.
I encourage you to observe, analyze, and interpret the works in a personal way, discovering some idea, and emotion which might be new and surprising.
Dates and exhibits are subject to change,
so please call venue before traveling long distances
"...there is a Charleston contribution to the arts of America that traditional views on jazz, and other music, have overlooked."
Jeffrey Green, British historian
...expressing an opinion on the nature of society, done with the idea of provoking thought and or promoting change.
Cultural, and Historical images reminiscent of the South Carolina Black citizens past and present.
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