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Paint long enough and you will lose track of a painting or two. Thankfully, through boundless grace, I was able to digitally restore this piece with the help of a fine photographer and technician. I'm quite indebted. "Promise" embodies the dark, the light and all spaces in between. Heavy impasto on canvas brings a a sense of depth and ruggedness. I have painted Theresa many times in my career, and there always arrives something that is at once remarkable and stirring. Here, a woman's imperfect perfection, a heart naked that speaks plainly of her intense, unbounded promise.
Painting:Acrylic on Canvas
Size:23.3 W x 31.1 H x 0.1 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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