I am the immediate Past President of The Jamaica Guild of Artists and a proponent of the philosophy that artists working in community will build strong technical skills, strengthen their concepts and product delivery. A graduate of The State University of New York, I double majored in Psychology and English.
After living in the United States for 15 years and pursuing a career in administration and education I reacquainted myself with my Jamaican roots and began painting the flora of Jamaica. I have never given up my passion life source in painting. The many Jamaican artists before me who illuminated the richness of Jamaican life and light inspire me. My chosen medium is acrylic on canvas but often I stray to furniture and walls. Painting gives me the opportunity to share with you all that is beautiful. The interplay of colors that is nature, challenges me to devise ways to capture it on canvas. If you were to ask me what segment of any composition most interests me I would have to say color and light. Each painting represents first color and light followed by my love for gardening and the unusual flowers of the tropics.
I have participated in many exhibitions mounted by the Jamaica Guild of Artists. As a guest of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago and the Mayor of Port of Spain, I exhibited in “Celebration of Jamaican Art Exhibition”, which marked the anniversary of the twinning of the cities of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Kingston, Jamaica. My paintings joined those of esteemed African American artists at the National Black Fine Art Show at the Puck Building in New York City. I also participated in the Columbia Arts Festival in Columbia Maryland as an invited artist. My work is widely collected by individuals and corporations in Jamaica, United States and Canada, especially notable is the prestigious Pehl Collection in Eldersburg, MD, the Vincent D'Aguliar Collection in Nassau, Bahamas, and The Bank of Jamaica Collection.
Currently the Chairperson for the Management Committee of Visual and Performing Arts Jamaica (an EU backed cluster), I along with many leaders of the creative industries lobby and advocate for change. My role in the creative industries is further highlighted by my participation in Jamaica Art Management Services. Here I both wrote the proposal one behalf of the Guild who won a Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) grant which documented thirty professional artists and created tax compliance status. Here too I was able for the first time in Jamaica use intellectual property of two artists as collateral for a loan. I will continue to use my administrative skills to build on the legacy of my predecessors in promoting the richness that is Jamaican art. For me it's really simple I enjoy creating pleasing, colorful, pieces.