"Hawaiian Princess" has many textured, roughened effects from heavy impasto layers. In a lot of ways the painting for me was an experiment, I was adding less fluidity to the paint to push past my normal limits. It was also the first time that I included a stamp and quote in my paintings, which in this case is a small placard that I found in a teabag box. The cragged landscape certainly helps to convey a feeling of depth, fortitude and resilience. There's a somberness here, too. Perhaps in retrospect, it could be an ode to Princess Kaʻiulani, the last heir to the throne of the Hawaiian Kingdom, who did everything in her power to halt the injustices to her people and overthrow of her lands.
Painting:Acrylic on Canvas
Size:18.1 W x 23.1 H x 0.5 D in
Ready to Hang:No
I'm an Oakland, CA based painter and hair stylist, the latter of which provided the supports and independence to cultivate my art over the last 25 years. Music, politics and people are integral aspects to my work. Music elicits powerful visuals, politics and social issues offer opportunities to challenge and illuminate, and people's faces are multi-colored landscapes etched in a tangle of emotion and experience. My goal is to offer substance and context that bring people closer to real issues that affect us all. I regularly feature people of color, and my hope is to empower those who feel marginalized or somehow short-changed. I grew up amid the tumultuous 1970s in south central Los Angeles. Luckily, with excellent grades and scholarships, I attended UC Berkeley in 1981 for Fine Art, studying under the renowned ceramic innovator Peter Voulkos. However, due to a period of disillusionment, both politically and artistically, I dropped art completely for eight years. Upon my return in 1989, I dove in with a renewed appetite to explore past my limits. I even built an art studio and gallery inside my hair salon. At 40, I matriculated in a commercial art school, thinking to become a 3D illustrator. But it didn't take long to discover where I felt most at home, in 2D illustration and portraiture.
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