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.