While scrolling my instagram feed, I would often see art work from a girl I went to high school with. We actually took art class together. I was amazed to see how her work had really progressed and I found her paintings to be very intriguing. I would often scroll her page to see what different type of drawings or photography she had going on.
I had not spoken to her since that art class my junior year so when I hit her up, I was so happy that she agreed to meet with me. From her website and social networks I already knew she was a talented painter, photographer and drawer but her talents exceed far beyond that. She also does graphic design and in her spare time she finds antique furniture, reupholsters and re-purposes it. Even though she studied visual art at NC A&T, over the years a lot of the things she has learned, she has taught herself, such as some of her graphic design techniques.
I love flowers myself and noticed that her work often includes the sunflower. She explained that her mother loves sunflowers and that they would make her happy, so to her, sunflowers represent joy, happiness, and all good things. She gains inspiration from how she is feeling at the time and finds herself doing abstract art when she needs to clear her mind. We met up at the Womble Carlyle Gallery and talked about two of her latest pieces, “Disposition.” It is painted on wood to give it an organic texture and look, and is of a woman who has the head of a sunflower. Which made lots of sense after she explained what the sunflower meant to her. The other piece on display is "Seed No." I really love how she uses the flower and its different stages in her work. Her dream is to have a fine art conservatory for children, but until then you can see her latest piece at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. You can also see more of her artwork here.
If you come out May 23 at 7pm to the #20SDS event, she will be doing live drawing and you will have the opportunity to see a little bit of her talent. Be sure to get your tickets here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org