The Work in Progress session documented my creative processes. As an artist, I spend hours in the studio working on different collages and paintings; I love experimenting with fresh materials and media. Playing with the materials and creating narrative art is a part of life. Please examine my works in progress and give me feedback. I post work on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Please follow me on social media. If you would like to learn information about the works, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love sharing my artworks and the stories. I prepared this piece for a charity fundraiser in Philadelphia at the Bridgette Mayers Gallery on October 2021. I created Peanut butter, jelly time from my childhood memories. I remembered my mother making Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my sister and I. She had a special technique for making the delicious sandwiches. She used Stroman's bread, Peter Pan peanut butter, and Welch's grape jelly. My mother worked magic in the kitchen. I asked my mother how to make the sandwich and she taught me. When my mother taught me how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I felt enlightened for two reasons. First, I could make my own sandwiches. Second, I could become independent and confident in the kitchen. Ironically, I make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my daughter. Eventually, I will pass down the family secret. I am blessed to share my stories with you.
My childhood memories of church inspired me. I found an old calendar book about lighthouses and started drawing lighthouse. Looking and drawing lighthouses brought back memories of the church. The lighthouse was a major symbol at my church. It was on pamphlets and brochure throughout the church. I felt safe behind the walls of the church; because the lighthouse represented hope and spiritual direction. I attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church in southwest Philadelphia. I remembered attending church with my family. I served as an altar boy and carried the cross down the aisles. I sang in the men's choir and attended summer bible camp. The congregation treated me like family. They always had positive things to say. I remembered talking with my pastor, Derrick Jackson. Pastor Jackson motivated me to become a successful person and a strong Christian man. I am grateful and blessed to share my memories through art. Thank you for your support.
"Lighting bugs in a jar" is about a childhood memory. I remembered playing in the abandon lots in Philadelphia during the hot summer months. The lots had overgrown grass and weeds. The lots were a good place to collect lighting bugs at night. We collected old jars and punched holes in the lid tops. At night time, I and my friends would catch lightning bugs in the tall grass.. It was a beautiful sight, watching the lighting bugs dance across the grassy fields. We would have a contest to see who caught the most at the end of night. Thank you for your support and God Bless.