Women of Color have for generations been the thread used to piece together the quilt of the African culture. They are the inspiration; they are the preservers of the faith and precursors of the future.
I have never believed for a moment that I chose to be an artist but that I was chosen. It is my honest belief that my talent is a
gift from God and I am blessed to be entrusted with such a remarkable creative spirit.
Art has always been an intricate part of my life. In the early years of my career I did not consider that what I was doing would make such an impact on anyone, let alone on my culture. Self-expression was a means to an end or better yet, an enjoyable task which occasionally produced a monetary reward. The art that I create is just a very small part of a grander picture of the rich culture I was born into. Because it is a small part, I feel that my art will eventually find a permanent resting place in not only the African American culture, but the American culture as a whole.
My mother and father were for many years the driving force behind me. My husband is always a never-ending source of encouragement. Many of the artists of the Harlem Renaissance such as Jacob Lawrence, Augusta Savage, Aaron Douglas, Henry Tanner, William H. Johnson and Lois Mailou Jones have been very influential to me as an artist.