Erykah Badu, for anyone that really knows me, is one of my favorite performers/artists. I first encountered her on the Today Show I think, or similar morning talk show. I was on summer vacation in 1997, and TV was first priority of course.
My background as a music lover up to this point was eclectic in my opinion, but my first love was Hip-Hop and R&B. I hadn't heard much from the Soul genre, but I knew of it, but was not yet hooked completely, until this one morning. Living in the country in small town Texas, I was not privy to music outside of pop and country, much to my chagrin. So I had to discover music on TV, MTV, BET, and later online. I soon joined a music club, where I could get 11 CDs for a one penny! I jumped at the chance and Erykah's Baduizm was mine. I listened to it over and over devouring what seemed to be new knowledge, a new artform, a new language. She opened the door to a new world for me.
Fast forward a few years, and here I am in Dallas, her hometown, pursuing my dreams as an artist. In that we are akin. One day I hope to be on her radar, perhaps as an artist that has worked on her album art.
This was a super fun piece to create. It all came about while thinking of a piece for the Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum. When I think of Deep Ellum I think of seeing my first concert of Erykah's at the Prophet Bar. She was actually doing her DJ set as DJ Low Down Loretta Brown. I got my life that night! I even appeared in press photos online because I was front row!
If felt only right to pay tribute to her as so many artists have before me, especially with this being my first time exhibiting in Deep Ellum. I decided to combine her with fish inspired by her album covers, along with my passion for fantasy. I came up with "Soul Siren Song".
I was allowed a second piece in the gallery as well, so I came up with a companion piece, "Song of the Sea" that I'm happy came out very well! It features a clam far up on a hill playing one of the greatest treasures on earth, music! The record plays, as other clams have fallen to the side with nothing to offer but worthless rocks called pearls.
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I would call myself a Jack of all Trades, but mostly because I'm interested in many areas of art if not all! I graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from the University of North Texas with a focus on Watercolor. I always had dreams of creative writing, and in 5th grade I wasn't too bad! Art clearly won out for my attention, but writing will always have a place in my heart!
What better way to write, I say, than to share a blog, and practice my second love while talking about my first! With that said, I hope you all enjoy my ramblings and please hit me up with any questions. :D
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