From The Runway to The Wall

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ARTISTIC APPROACHES

From Model to Visual Artist, Pam Moultrie has Dedicated Her Life to Art

Pam Moultrie began her career in the arts as a model.  She was five years old. She has since specialized in fashion design, large-scale mural, and faux paint treatment, and is now applying her talents to canvas.  Oh, and at age 56, she is still ripping the runway.

“She has specialized in fashion design, large-scale mural, and faux paint treatment.”

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Fashion Forward

Moultrie has dedicated her life to creating. She opened a clothing company, “Nubiance”, in 1986, while studying Fashion Design at the University of the District of Columbia.

Then, resolving to incorporate her passions for artistic expression and interior design, she formed IWS, Interiors With Style, less than ten years later.  She enjoys the hands-on nature of her work.  She graces walls with colorful creations, and can’t resist adding texture along the way.  Abstracts, portraits, and landscapes are among her favorite subjects to depict on canvas.

Moultrie currently resides in Maryland, and is a Fashion and Style writer for “Quiet On The Set” magazine. Her original works and commissions can be found in homes and collections throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

The Muhammad Family Practice

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HEALING THROUGH ART

Nazirah Is Finding Her Own Way to Help The Family Practice Grow Stronger

Her mother could not be prouder as she snaps a picture of the 21-year old Nazirah Muhammad, posing expertly in front of her framed artworks. Nazirah is from just outside of Washington, DC, and she has been surrounded by creativity since she was a young girl.

“She is already working to combine the healing power of food and art to help those in need.”

ART IN HER BONES

Muhammad comes by her creative spirit honestly—both of her parents are artists.  Now, at the age of 21, Nazirah has resolved to channel creativity into all that she does.  Her work has shown in various exhibits, and she works to explore and perfect her personal artistic style, fearlessly debuting new pieces, and listening to feedback.

“Nazirah has resolved to channel creativity into all that she does.”

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Nazirah is currently in school at Montgomery college, and on track for a degree in Agriculture Science.  She is already working to combine the healing power of food and art to help those in need.

Two Cultures, One Distinct Style

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A HAZY REALITY

Dilip Sheth Identifies Ethiopian and American Influences in Contemporary Art

Sheth’s reverence for beauty is obvious.  What may be less apparent are the specific influences of the divergent cultures in which he has lived.

Gallery Owner and artist residing in Maryland, Dilip Sheth immigrated to the U.S. in 1980.

“The world he sees becomes a new world on canvas.”

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Born and raised in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, Dilip’s early exposure to African art is the foundation of his distinct style—the warm, balancing tones on his palette.

The heavy outlines that identify a Dilip Sheth painting, are his commentary on Western culture’s emphasis on individuality.

The subjects of Sheth’s paintings characteristically take-on slightly surreal proportions within an everyday setting, as the world he sees becomes a new world on canvas. Faces and elements become familiar, and often reappear in later compositions.

“Sheth’s reverence for beauty is obvious…”

Visual Art Inspired By Music

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“THE WOBBLE”

Reflections of A New Age of Communication Technology

“The vibes, tones and rhythms of music have… strengthened my imagination as an artist”, reflects David McKenzie.  As he paints, his figures come to life with color and movement.  David often finds himself channeling the late 20th Century styles that he studied in school.  He uses his brush to systematically outline then fill-in each abstract form.  He will name this piece “The Wobble”, for the popular dance that has taken over lately.

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“His pieces are… characterized by bold shapes and vibrant, luminous colors.”
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“David often finds himself channeling the late 20th Century styles…”
“My Brothers Keeper”
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Calling Heard

Upon his return from the Vietnam War, McKenzie returned to New York where he secured a job at Shorewood Publishing, an art reproduction house based in the city.  At Shorewood, he worked with lithographic reproductions of famous artists’ paintings.  It was during this time that McKenzie met Pablo Picasso.  David was deeply inspired by Picasso’s work and persona, and the chance encounter would fuel his drive to become a contemporary fine artist.

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McKenzie now creates works to reflect a new age of communication technology, especially music.  He is partial to subjects which lend themselves to this very purpose. His pieces are strongly influenced by both graphical and fine art techniques, and characterized by bold shapes and vibrant, luminous colors.

David McKenzie’s artistic background traces to his teenage years, when he attended the first New York High School of Printing.  He continued studies at the New York Institute of Photography, and Columbia Broadcasting School, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Creative Arts from the State University of Old Westbury, Long Island.

How A High School Art Project Changed Tony Spencer’s Life

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INSPIRATION BY ASSIGNMENT

Passionate Singer Turned Passionate Visual Artist

During his childhood, Tony formally played seven musical instruments. He recorded his first song when he was in junior high; and in high school, he proclaimed music to be “the art dearest to his heart”.  Spencer continued singing with local gospel and R&B singing groups.

“Spencer’s greatest inspirations are Jacob Lawrence, Alonzo Davis, and Salvador Dali.”

Tony Jerome Spencer was raised in rural Anne Arundel County, in Maryland, and nurtured by a community of relatives, including mother, father, and six siblings.  The men in his family were longshoreman, farmers, and hunters, while women, including his mother, were domestic workers and private nurses.

“From the outset, Tony’s artistic creations have been abstract.”

Spencer’s greatest inspirations are Jacob Lawrence, Alonzo Davis, and Salvador Dali.

From the outset, Tony’s artistic creations have been abstract.  He was content to channel his creative energy into his vocals, until his high school art teacher assigned him an inspiring project.  He picked up a paintbrush and has not looked back.  His early works were created on muslin, using latex paint as a base, and acrylic to finish.

Recent Exhibitions: City of Annapolis in City Hall, 49 WEST Gallery and Winebar, Grandiosity 2-The Private Jet Hanger Event, BWI, Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, and the Northern Arundel Cultural Arts Society Events.

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Portraits in Earth Tones

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MANY SHADES OF BROWN

Mother and Educator, Jimise Winston Finds Time to Create and Share

Her daughter is the most beautiful shade of all—a soft cocoa brown.  Mia Elizabeth’s eyes light up the room full of people as she bounces around the art gallery, stealing close-up looks at the pieces on the walls.  Jimise allows her to roam freely, and busies herself greeting the host of family and friends who have come to her exhibit’s opening night.

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Larger Than Life

Jimise Winston is one of thirteen artists selected for the 2016 Emerging Artists Exhibit at Serengeti Gallery.  Having come full-circle, she was born in the nation’s capital, graduated from the Norfolk State University School of Fine Arts, and now works as Art Instructor at Friendship Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

“A passion for the culture reverberates from each chocolate layer of her acrylic paint.”

Winston’s portraits are larger than life.  She has mastered her preferred medium and technique, and her passion for the African & African-American culture reverberates from each chocolate layer of her acrylic paint.  She finds deep joy in instruction and making art an important part of the educational community, and in 2010, she saw that mission rewarded when she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Woodridge Campus, for demonstrating excellence in the field of the arts.

Jimise continues to carve out time to create independent artwork for clients, as well as showcase her paintings at festivals throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.  She currently resides in Northeast, Washington D.C.

“She now works as Art Instructor at Friendship Public Charter School.”

New-York Born, Caribbean-Rooted, Kid-Centered

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“The Next Generation”


Walker’s journey into children’s illustrations began over fifteen years ago, when she first explored painting as a means of self-healing. It was through this healing process that she gave creative life to the first “Katori Kid”.  The perspective and vulnerability of her art ushers the viewer into a safe space of childlike innocence, where they easily relate to and reflect on their inner-child.

“Katori” is an acronym Walker created to celebrate children, standing for “Kids Are Treasures, Our Real Inspiration”. “Katori Kids are an international expression of empowerment for children”, says Walker.  Walker envisions the Katori Kids bringing brightness and optimism to places where children play, learn and grow throughout the world.

Her paintings evoke emotions of playfulness, joy and the wonderment of the unknown. Their subjects represent a global spectrum of hues and cultures.

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“Her art ushers the viewer into a safe space of childlike innocence.”
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“KATORI”

Cynthia “Katori” Walker has cultivated a growing audience of children and adults. She takes pleasure when a satisfied buyer confesses that when he gazes at a “Katori Kid” painting, he remembers to relax and enjoy life.

“Katori” is an acronym Walker created to celebrate children, standing for “Kids Are Treasures, Our Real Inspiration”.
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Born in New York City and raised between Westchester County and the Caribbean Islands, Cynthia Walker was exposed to a dynamic contrast of visual inspiration as a youngster.  Piercing even through the bright lights of the city, and the wide-open skies of the countryside, seem to have been the women in her life: she points in particular to her mother, two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers, as a source of inspiration.

Pointing to Consciousness, Light and Love

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“Zen-Calypso”

Trinidad-Born Artist Finds Inspiration in The Eastern Teachings

Carolyn Goodridge’s paintings have shown in The New York Guggenheim Museum. She is currently Executive Director at Art Impact, USA—a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating artists who enrich humanity.

“Zen-Calypso” is the term Goodridge uses to refer to her upbringing.  She describes it a rich mix of spirituality, dancing, music and color—all elements that seem to jump out from her canvas.  Yet, Carolyn Goodridge’s Dimensions of Being series is inspired by her love for quantum and theoretical physics.

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Goodridge was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to West Indian parents, where she lived as a baby.  By age four, she had immigrated to the United States.  By nineteen, she was widely read in Eastern philosophy and a rising star at Kwan Um School of Zen, where the study of Zen Mind and Zen Culture would impact her life profoundly.

“The Dimensions of Being series is inspired by Goodridge’s love of quantum and theoretical physics. “

Carolyn Goodridge creates art works which “point to consciousness, light and love”.  She captures a whirlwind that is space and time on her canvas.

Goodridge has earned degrees in painting from both the University of Florida and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

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“She captures a whirlwind that is space and time on her canvas.”
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PGCPS Retiree Discovers a New Passion

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SOMETHING NEW

Retired PGCPS Specialist Finds A New Calling

Constance E. Moore, a former a Prince George’s County Reading Specialist and Test Coordinator, says she has always had a passion for trying new things.  So perhaps it is no surprise that her life-long appreciation for art in all mediums and types led her to begin painting seriously after retirement.

“She expresses life’s beauty and enchantment through her art.”

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“The Reader”

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Constance currently paints with acrylic and oil paints, and when she is not in her home studio, she may be found studying with the Prince George’s Community College SAGE Program.  She expresses life’s beauty and enchantment through her art, and finds creating to be “relaxing and rewarding”.

Shots from Havana

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A REAL PHOTO GRIOT

Brinille Eliane Ellis is a “Photo Griot”, capturing images which will communicate the subjects’ story.  Ellis’ primary purpose is to “visually create an emotional and artistic connection with each viewer”.

“Ellis’ work is influenced by the artists in her family, her ancestors and her experiences living and working in France, Senegal, Haiti, Belgium, Turkey and Pakistan.”

BRINILLE ELIANE ELLIS

griot

[gree-oh, gree-oh, gree-ot]
noun
1.  (in Western Africa) a member of a caste responsible for maintaining an oral record of tribal history in the form of music, poetry, and storytelling

“Her images tell timeless stories of the celebration of culture, the range of our human emotions, the struggle for justice. …”

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“Havana School Days”


“Well-Traveled” would be the term for a person with as many stamps in their passport as Brinille Ellis. Senegal, Haiti, Pakistan, Turkey, France and Belgium, she easily shares memories of travels to each country; yet even despite her perpetual changes in zipcode, the focus of her camera lens remains fixed and true.

The primary purpose of Ellis’ work is to visually create an emotional and artistic connection with each viewer.

“Triumph over tragedy, the simplicity and complexity of our daily lives and the wonders of nature.”
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Be it the simplicity of daily life, or the complex wonders of nature, our universal struggle for justice, or an uplifting tale of triumph over tragedy, Ellis’ eye is deliberate and keen. As time passes and sharp memories wane, her photos endure, each telling a timeless story of human emotion.
Besides travel experiences, Ellis points to artists and mentors in her family, crediting them as a source of inspiration and motivation.

Portraits in Charcoal, by Amber Parker

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“Similar to settling debris from a grain of charcoal, Amber is making her indelible mark the way she best knows how.”
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Coping with rejection from graphic design school, Amber fell back into using her hands to create.

From Class to Ash

Distressed after being rejected from graphic design school, Amber pushed her computer mouse to the side.  Having come from a family of creative people, she had already seen herself fitting neatly into their inner-ranks of musicians, singers and visual artists.  To cope, she naturally began to create, harnessing all of the freedom and imagination of her childhood.

“Her God-given talent blossomed throughout grade school but it was not until high school that she decided to pursue a career in art.”

Emerging From The Fog

By the time Amber had groped her way out of the fog of rejection, she discovered that she had fallen back to using her hands to create– she had fallen back in love with drawing.

Amber Parker, a Virginia Beach native, is 24 years old at the time of this writing. She explains that she began practicing art at a young age. As a young girl, she tapped into her imagination regularly, to draw, write, and even host craft shows in her room (with a live audience of stuffed animals, of course). Her God-given talent continued to blossom throughout grade school, but it was not until high school that she decided to pursue a career in art.

Parker’s medium of choice is charcoal, with pastel in second place.  Her passion has found a new artistic home with this medium; and similar to settling debris from a grain of charcoal, Amber is making her indelible mark the way she best knows how.