This is a collection of paintings I have created over the years that I am proud to share with you. Click on the images to learn more about each painting.
Mask gives unconditional love. Mask sees you on the inside. Mask knows your heart and accepts you for who you are while encouraging you to be your best self.
He is asking you: “So what are you really about? Who are you really?” He is your friend who is helping you to sort out your own self.
COMING INTO HER OWN
A woman is coming into an understanding of her role in life. She is taking the first step towards fulfilling that roll.
In honour of The Right Excellent Nanny of the Maroons in Jamaican. Nanny, known as Granny Nanny and Queen Nanny is the only female National Hero of Jamaica. She was a revolutionary leader, warrior, healer and practitioner of traditional West African religion during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Maroons were Africans escaped from slavery who formed independent settlements. It has been widely accepted that Nanny was an Ashanti woman. Nanny and one brother, Quao, founded a village in the Blue Mountains, on the Eastern (or Windward) side of Jamaica, which became known as Nanny Town. Nanny limited her attacks on plantations and European settlements and preferred instead to farm and trade peacefully with her neighbours. She did however make numerous successful raids to free enslaved Africans held on plantations and it has been widely accepted that her efforts contributed to the escape of almost 1,000 slaves over her lifetime. While Nanny lived, Nanny Town and the Windward Maroons thrived and multiplied. Nanny and other Maroon leaders fought the British to maintain their freedom. The war lasted from 1720 until a truce was declared in 1739. Cudjoe, one of Nanny’s brothers and a leader during the Maroon War, was the driving force behind the peace treaty. Nanny died in 1733.
This painting was created early in my exploration of collage. I was interested in playing with movement, abstraction and colour with the collage.
Based on a self-portrait, the painting depicts and celebrates the woman’s strength. Doing this painting also gave me the opportunity to experiment with working with a more limited colour palate and with more defined shapes; separating the face into various shapes and using just three colours to complete the face and hair ... watching how each colour bounced off the next to define forms.
MEETING OF MINDS
This painting speaks to unity in diversity. Each face is a different colour representing different cultural origins or other differences as per interpretation by the viewer. Although they look different, they are all emerging from the same source. We have much more in common than we realize. Our unique essences originate from the same source and combine to create beauty.
SINGING YOUR SOUL
Painting of a singer.
In praise of the love between my sister and I.
HOW IT WAS
She is single with two precious little ones. Her job is to hold up the roof over their heads and take care of them. Her prayer is for strength enough to last for the lifetime of duty required. The sky is bright and clear – Divine Help is ever present.
Autobiographical collage. This is a part of my story - a single Mother taking care as best I could, while surrounded by invisible ‘helpers’.
Thoughts about the wisdom and youth who live side-by-side in us; about ceremony; about spiritual guides and sources of strength.
This is a personal piece that celebrates my strength that is supported by my mother and grandmother. I painted myself in green, the colour of life. The red represents the blood of life that connects me to my mother, grandmother and all my mothers. The collage objects represent my mother - the fan - and my grandmother - the roses. The third eye is looking inward on a deeper level and loving the person I see inside as well as the person others see from the outside. When we think of the ‘third eye’, we normally expect to see it in the middle of the forehead. But, in this painting, it sits in a different place. The third eye is also there to prompt the viewer to look more deeply within himself/herself and honour the beauty within.
A woman’s awakening to her own spiritual purpose in life. She is rising out of blue and red representing water and fire, opposing elements but both necessary for sustaining life. As she rises she is supported by life itself. Her arms are outstretched as she welcomes her transformation. The pearls over her head represent the purity and strength of her own soul, of the divine essence that beckons and to which she is joyously moving.
THROUGH HELL BAREHEADED
The saying “through hell bareheaded” means that a person goes through an extremely difficult situation in life with little or no preparation or support, but manages to conquer that hardship.
TAKE MY HAND
Loving friendship reaches out to assist us when we need that help and we extend our hand in gratitude. Always under the watchful eye of the Divine Spirit. We are surrounded by abundance.
We are able to walk forward through the support of our elders, our knowledge and respect for our history and for our own unique value in Creation.
This painting was inspired by a homeless woman in Edmonton. Sometimes we see ‘death’ on the outside but there is ‘beautiful life’ within. How do we find and maximize that potential for each person?
Two in one! At some point in our lives, we feel like this. In this painting, both sides are being given equal space!
Sometimes one’s self-confidence is closely connected to one’s sexuality. When that sexual prowess declines, a person can start to feel very insecure.
Earth Spirit is a reference to Jamaican Jonkunnu character Jack in the Bush and other that-like masks I have seen used in cultures in Africa.
We arrived in Canada from different cultures and countries. Now that we are here, we shift and re-balance ourselves to find comfort in our new ‘location’. The process is at times painful and at other times amusing and invigorating.
ALL THE SAME
The walls we build represent the illusion of separateness and forces us into isolation. But, from whatever tribe of origin, we all see the same sky. There is only one sky ……..
This is a symbol of completion and balance. This is the final painting for the series “Finding Place”. Even within that balance, the energies that connect us to heaven and earth continue to shift so within this state of balance we are always ‘dancing’ gently.
BIRTHED BY THE EARTH
We are all born of the Earth. Whatever words we use to describe ourselves, we are always children of the Earth. We always belong.
HOUSE OF RULES
One finds protection in the house of rules that are used to control many aspects of our lives. Rules can be a source of comfort for those who have lived through chaos.
Rules can also cause us pain forcing us break out: to break free and find our own path in life. We become our own ‘champion’.
Change is the one constant in life. We learn the art of imitating the chameleon in order to survive. And we keep the parts of our ‘true self’ that we value most.
Bring a light with you as you traverse the transition from one way of being to another. Walk carefully and let the Light show you the way to ‘home’.
Life forced her to take on roles for which she was not prepared. But, she found victory and now she is still standing strengthened by the treasures of wisdom gained.
This is the spirit of strength and insight that guided me through the creation of the series “Finding Place”. The Guardian has no gender. The Guardian represents what my good friend named The Eternal Omniscient!
WHERE WE START
In love two people come together as one. There are parts of the two that are shared and there are parts that are kept separate – being nurtured to contribute strength to the union.
AND THERE ARE TIMES
There are times when you just want to let your hair down and how at the moon, walk away and have some fun! This is the ‘trickster’ within!
FATHER AND DAUGHTER
The innocent child embarks on the journey from girlhood to womanhood. At a glance she seems fine but she is unsure. Her father stands in spirit world supporting her every move. In time, she becomes aware; thanks him for his support; and forgives him for his ‘absence’.
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
As I have received from my Mothers I turn to pass life’s elixir to you My Daughter.
SITTING HERE IN THE SHADOWS
The part of me kept safely inside where I find solace and healing. When she takes the stage, she is most beautiful!
This Woman is Ageless, Fire, Water, Wisdom, Power, Life, Death, Beauty. Call on her when you have important work that has to be done the right way.
JUST ONLY THINK AND YOU WILL HAVE A SONG
My friend told me about this blind musician. He was asked how he knew what songs to write because he could not see anything around him. His response was that he only had to think and he would have a song. I was moved by the story and felt compelled to create this image using batik.
We wait for the special sign or that special person to enter our lives and point the way forward for us. In that state of waiting, we feel incomplete, but the truth is that we already have the answers inside. What we may be wanting is the courage to move forward. Sometimes others walk into our lives and help us along with sign posts and encouragement. Sometimes we are just waiting for the ‘person in the mirror’ to step forward …
WOMAN IN A SUITCASE
Within the confines of society, we still manage to find ways of being seen. We cannot be completely hidden.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER
As we go through life, we maintain contact with those who have crossed over to the other side of the river. We listen for the messages they send to guide us safely along our paths.
LOVE YOU BABES
Celebrating love that is grounded in our cultural heritage while allowing for integration of ‘modern’ life. Our gifts to each other are from the heart. This love is a good foundation for those yet unborn.
It is frustrating to see my Sisters of African Heritage buying in to cultural values that belittle our own strong cultures. Spiritually, they are living in the shadow of their own true selves, enjoying a dance of destruction on the chessboard of life.
This painting came about due to the influence of Picasso’s painting title Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. This was an experiment with softer colours and more relaxed brush strokes aiming to create ‘shadows’ of the images in the original painting. I was also trying to give each shadow a different personality from those I felt in Picasso’s painting as well as add a few new characters. Using this colour scheme and making the changes also made the painting more culturally and spiritually relevant and welcoming for me.