Colored girl is this fabulous explosion of color and energy. Inspired by a try Blues artist ‘Patti Allen’.
Where I grew up in La Crosse Wisconsin, (there she goes again) No, hear me out. I don’t like this any more than you do but it’s important. My dad was a member of the neighborhood secret cross burners. I hate that. Always did. I never understood but I knew it was poison.
I never saw an African American until I was older, and I remembered how beautiful her skin was. Radiant in the sun. Fascinated and jealous, I made it a point to take a new path for myself in the world that tried to raise me to think she was less than me, the ones that burned crosses and told lies about people they didn’t even know. I was better than that and I raised my kids to be color blind and love all people on the merit of their lives and not the color of their skin. Brown skin is beautiful. Just look at my sweetheart, I like my coffee like I like my man, brown, sweet and hot. (oh brother)
Back to this painting. Patti Allen amazed me with her blues performance so I painted her. During one of my exercises, this painting came out. I might of seemed like an accident at first but as it turned out ‘Colored Girl’ is actually ‘Fine Art’.