I was a duckling same as you and the fluff fell out and I never felt what it meant to be cold again. Childhood left me and as I reached for the stars above me in the middle of the night on a sun deck at a lake house I felt the true disconnect of existence. The true cold was the loneliness. I forgot it and it forgot me, two strangers see each other naked across a skyline and not knowing what to do.
Kid named Miguel was walking in the woods late at night. He ran into a ghost that wanted his face but he fought it off with a powerful relic, a moose antler covered in spirits. He wiped it around his head until a giant appeared and chased off the ghost. It mumbled a riddle as it left. “ human times living in quarters. Basic of earth moments and bone. Cored out of life and reflections.” As it flopped its way past Miguel it left a river in its wake and the stones became patterns like deep blankets. The fish , the hearts, the tears and ghost danced in the night light and Miguel sat back and reflected on his day by the river. He never forgot that day in Sligo Park.
I made this painting a while back because a Black woman I know told me she loved my work but didn’t see her hair representation in it. I was moved and so I started working on bing more diverse in paintings. My goal has always been to elevate Black women of all sizes and hair and disabilities in art.
It’s simple how much I have no rules with painting. I am often confronted about this by fans. I can’t say if it’s mostly positive or negative interactions. I’ve been at this for over 35 years now so my painting narrative changes and moves around. The only rule that stands as of late is red, blue and yellow paint. They speak through me. Art is my heart and as my heart grows so do it.
Painting from dreams is always fun but at some point you have to let it get dark too. Time will tell…
Also I get asked this a lot so let me tell you from me to you. All paintings are always for sale from me. If I paint it I will mostly sell it. So if you see a painting you like , yes you can buy it if it is not sold already.