Alma Thomas

I am, admittedly, the daughter of a former art teacher and not at all art savvy.  But every now and again I come across an artist whose work resonates with me and evokes a feeling within me, and so I then feel compelled to share.  🙂  This happened while perusing July’s issue of Vogue when I stumbled upon a small article written about Alma Thomas, a late but prominent artist who was born in Georgia in 1891, became an art teacher, and didn’t start painting full-time until after retiring — proof that it is never too late to fiercely pursue a passion.  I love that.

She is the first African-American woman to have a solo show at The Whitney, and she has a beautiful work showcased in the White House dining room.  Seemingly inspired by Matisse and her mother’s profession as a dressmaker, her works contain abstract shapes and patterns in energetic colors.  Bright, happy hues are expressed with dabs of paint that speak merriment and vibrancy.  I think you will feel the same thing, too.  Her pieces are fun to look at, fun to study, and just make me smile.

Images via The New York Times & Artsy

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