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I am so excited to share the good news of my upcoming Art Exhibit.  In this show, I will showcase my new paintings.   Not sure if many of you realized that I am a self-taught artist.  In 2010 I met an instructor, Brent Miller of RemBrent Academy of Arts in Plantation, Florida who saw my work and immediately said, “I love what you’re doing and would like to help you fine tune your work”.  I, of course, jumped at the opportunity to finally learn to paint under the supervision of an artist.

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, I will have the privilege of showing YOU my new pieces.  Please come out and see the artwork, meet new friends and chat with a glass of wine.

Where:  Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts
 Address:   7080 N.W. 4th Street, Plantation, Florida  33317
 Cost:         $10.00  (donation towards Special Needs activities).    You may write a check payable to:  Circle Of Friends.   Circle Of Friends is an activity club serving Teens (16+) and Adults with Autism / Down Syndrome and others with learning and developmental disabilities.

As a Caribbean artist, I have endeavored to create paintings which show “Island Life” from a primitive perspective.  When I started out, I use to paint on rocks, driftwood and items I found on the beach.  Actually, my first canvas was taken out of the trash.  Neighbors were relocating to the states and threw out a painting they didn’t want.  I saw it sitting by the trash can and picked it up, painted over the scene and created Island Woman”  18 x 28  acrylic on canvas (1990).

Island Woman

I have chosen “Caribbean Dream” as my theme because this is my dream come through.  Today, it gives me such joy to share my artwork which shows growth from 1990 to 2012.   My feature painting, “The Doors”  24 x 36  acrylic on canvas (2012) will be on exhibit for two (2) months.  October 6 through December 4, 2012.

The Doors

“The Doors” is indeed a labor of love.  In this presentation, I wanted to show Caribbean life before electricity.  The woman coming from the country walking all the way to downtown to sell her fruits and vegetables.  The structure, created in the 1700’s Caribbean, was probably built from sea sand.  Today, these buildings are still standing, but are showing the wear of the century.  Notice the cracking of the arch over the doors and the raw construction of the doors.

See you at the Exhibit!

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As the New Year approaches, it is beginning to force me to plan ahead. Several things come to mind that are important and prioritizing them is going to be my main focus. The first thing that I’d like to work on is opening the studio – which will be up and running on or by December 17, 2010. The studio will increase my ability to multi task during the day. I sometimes work on one or more paintings at the same time and will now be able to remain set up all the time. Looking back, for a second, I do have to confess that all my work was done sitting on one side of my dining table. My family and I would have dinner at the other end just to accommodate my passion.

The second thing that is most pressing is increasing my art classes. I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with high school and middle school students and enjoy watching them create a new piece of artwork. One student, in particular, was so excited as he watched the development of his art project, he would almost shake. That’s the kind of reaction and glee that I look forward to enjoying again in the New Year.

"TOWARDS GARDEN STREET" photo by Cliff Finch

The next steps are going to be productive and move me closer to realizing my dream of creating a variety of artwork. A recent article published in the Plantation Forum entitled… “Artist paints scenes from Caribbean to Plantation” by Christiana Lilly expressed my attitude to my artwork; it does not have to be “Caribbean Art” only, it will be scenes in my new location in Florida. As I travel, the opportunity to capture that moment on canvas is my absolute dream come through. The painting posted is a photo taken by Cliff Finch, which has sparked a new creation.

Wishing all my friends and fans a safe and Happy Holiday. As I look forward to the next steps in my adventure, I also wish that you too will continue on yours and we’ll enjoy it together.

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