I began painting fifteen years ago. One day, while looking at a painting, I realized the nature of lines. It has been a long learning process. I love color. I love the way one has to look at a painting as it emerges from the canvas, examining every detail until the eye is satisfied. I try to paint 4 to 5 originals a year.
I reproduce these pieces into cards, prints and fans.
My adult life has been spent living on islands. In 1980, I moved to the island of Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies. I returned to St Helena Island, South Carolina, in 1991. Most West Indian people came from Africa. The Gullah people came from Africa. It was wonderful to find the culture my West Indian family here on St Helena Island. I paint what I see around me every day. My scenes come from buildings, signs, churches, gardens, animals, people, trees on St Helena Island. Life was very different here 30 years ago. In those days you could stand on Sea Island Parkway, chatting with a neighbor. If a car came along, you knew who it was and just waved. That’s the time I paint. That’s the time I celebrate, through my paintings, the richness of the days when this was, life in the country.