I am an artist, pure and simple. After 16 years of being enchanted with movement and color I still take considerable delight in “those rhythm and hues so like the blues…hold me sweet and sway”. I am also intensely, sweetly humbled and many times stunned into speechlessness by the works of my colleagues. I truly believe that it should be left to the artist to define how she or he distinguish their expression and not be regulated in a neatly fitted box. The difficulty with confinement is that I, like many artists, are multi-discipline and it is my purpose in my craft to allow ourselves free flow, but also challenge, engage, give permission and support the viewer opportunities to stretch their boundaries, but without harm or at the expense of humanity.
Consider me an idealist, and I’ll say you are right. Say I am challenge in my naiveté’ to believe as fellow artist Jill Scott sings so eloquently to continue to believe that if you “can imagine the feeling in knowing the sky ain’t a ceiling at all” and I’ll say you are correct. I continue to challenge myself to demonstrate that beauty, honor & justice is not mutually exclusive...
You will not see, in my visual poetry” perfection, as I am not. But you will see me. What I propose is to convey a rightness that is, because it is. We all have an inherent birthright to be heard and for me no story is to small or any person too small for acknowledgement. I have chosen in my heart’s siren call not be to be locked into whatever prescribe mode is current, fashionable or elite.
I lay claimed and embraced the title of artist wholeheartedly, with great joy and delight. My love of music, books, poetry and people is reflected in this precious gift of mine. It is my belief that it is the artist that needs to set the standard for their expression and not be held to some artificial imposed on rules that was meant only to be a guide. It is the artist that searches continually for a new and exciting ways to articulate how they want to engage the world to join them for just a moment in that expression. If I am successful for even a moment to stop and stare, then I am satisfied.