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My love of textiles led me to work with felt. The range of colors and the tactile nature of the material is irresistible to me.

I have always been fascinated with portraiture and the incredibly subtle differences found in each human face. We are all born with two eyes, a nose and mouth, yet like a fingerprint, no two faces are exactly the same. My Women of Color are different shades of ivory, cocoa, chocolate and ebony set against vibrant backgrounds.

As a child visiting museums and studying art history I didn't find enough examples of the diverse range of beauty I saw in real life. Traditional portraiture, like history I felt, had been primarily told from one point of view. I take my inspiration from artists like Paul Gauguin, Kara Walker, Barkley Hendricks, Erte. Their representations of beautiful women in all shades.

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  • Joined February 16, 2012

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About

My love of textiles led me to work with felt. The range of colors and the tactile nature of the material is irresistible to me.

I have always been fascinated with portraiture and the incredibly subtle differences found in each human face. We are all born with two eyes, a nose and mouth, yet like a fingerprint, no two faces are exactly the same. My Women of Color are different shades of ivory, cocoa, chocolate and ebony set against vibrant backgrounds.

As a child visiting museums and studying art history I didn't find enough examples of the diverse range of beauty I saw in real life. Traditional portraiture, like history I felt, had been primarily told from one point of view. I take my inspiration from artists like Paul Gauguin, Kara Walker, Barkley Hendricks, Erte. Their representations of beautiful women in all shades.

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