WORK IN PROGRESS
'Portrait of James Campbell'
Oil on Linen, anticipated size; 48" x 48"
This truly remarkable man commissioned me to paint his portrait shortly before his passing. To say that I am honored to be held in such esteem is an understatement. It will be completed within the next couple of weeks and presented to his family. Unfortunately, the current pandemic postponed the planned celebration of his life (scheduled July, 2021), where family and friends will gather to celebrate a most extraordinary life lived.
Don't believe me ... click on the link below to read a recent article by Adam Parker in the Post & Courier that only begins to touch upon the shadow cast by this giant.
Tribute to Gees Bend quilters
The women of Gee’s Bend—a small, remote, Black community in Alabama—have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present. Resembling an inland island, Gee’s Bend is surrounded on three sides by the Alabama River. The some seven hundred or so inhabitants of this small, rural community are mostly descendants of slaves, and for generations they worked the fields belonging to the local Pettway plantation. Enlivened by a visual imagination that extends the expressive boundaries of the quilt genre, these astounding creations constitute a crucial chapter in the history of American art.
The new work will showcase both painting and quilt making on the same canvas.
$ 2 - 2022
Commemorative $2 Bill
The next iteration of my commemorative $2 series will feature Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. It is my wish that one day the U.S. Mint would remove Thomas Jefferson from the $2 bill and use the platform to highlight black history by showcasing a different African-American every two years (starting with MLK!) - Almost the way the Post Office issues commemorative and collectible postage stamps. I have no control over the U.S. Mint's process, but do have control over mine, so - I will issue my vision in February 2022! To learn more about the legacy of this badass man, select the link below.