I create all of these pieces from my head. I don’t have a set imagery in mind. They are all stylized landscapes.
If it is square I made it. If it is round he made it.
I like to use exotic hard woods that I buy from all over the world to make things people can appreciate and use every day.
I work in a lot of layers to develop my bold colors. Thematically, I am focused on pride, diversity, and love.
I grew up on a farm. I got into sculpting to become a better welder. I found out that I have a passion for it.
My inspiration is animals, people, places, and things. All the nouns.
I draw what I feel and what I think. I tell the world what I am about with my drawings.
I don’t restrict myself to traditional photography. I think of myself like a photographer that paints.
My goal is for you to look at the painting and sort of hear the music and feel the rhythm and vibe.
Follow what you love doing. Find your own style. Be true to yourself.
The goal is to create a three dimensional perspective in a two dimensional space to put a smile on your face and engage you with color.
I do graphite pencil drawings. They are photo realistic.
I play with fire and I hit stuff with a hammer.
I want people to learn. This is a dying art form. Not many people are doing this anymore.
I have a 10 year rule. It takes me 4 years to get it right. Then, I do it for another 4 years, and then I’m sick of it. Then, I move onto something else. I have not ran out of decades yet.
I thought that it was an amazing thing that I could make an all wood drum. I ran with it. I stumbled upon some different ideas that weren’t out there like changing the drums a little bit that made them dynamic in another way.
The one eye is about introspection. It is about closing your eye to physical distractions of life and getting to know your true self outside of this vessel, outside of your body, race, sex, social standing and how much money you make.
I do like to paint women. I can get nice whimsical with their hair and their clothes. I could do men. I just find them a little boring.
We are putting fresh produce back on Mt. Vernon Avenue.
On our website, you can find information about multiple programs that can help you with down payment assistance or assistance with closing costs.
When you are on the stage, people expect you to play.
What is unique about the book is it has an interesting blend of history, personal narrative, fiction, documents (excerpts from newspapers and sociological discussions of the time period) and why people would be doing what they did.
When looking at traditional lynchings, people of color represent anywhere from 50 to 75% of those lynched. Way out of proportion to their numbers. When talking about tar and featherings, people of color represent like 10%, which is much closer to their actual number.
The media shows Catholic sisters as being judgmental and dour. I wanted my books to dispel the myths about Catholic sisters.
Christine Brennan broke down many barriers as a female sports journalist. When you go to her website, she has a special section where she tells journalism students exactly what they need to do to follow in her footsteps.
I wasn’t done with Angie’s story. Fat Angie was a book that touched a lot of young people. As it relates to death, after the time when people stop bringing you the casseroles, and coming to your door saying, “I’m Sorry,” seven months later if you don’t have someone to talk to, how do you cope with some of that.
Since I have a background in journalism and went to journalism school in Chicago, I decided to write a book about women who are reporters. I tried to focus on back in the day when they were called “girl reporters.”
Young people are unpredictable. The world is unpredictable. The ending of the book is a surprise even to me.
You write with your hands, you cook with your hands, you hold a dying elderly person with your hands. I feel most of our emotional connections are done through our hands.
My book is about the Vietnam war but it’s not a war story. It is a coming of age story.
This was a concert that was more than singing and playing instruments in excellence. It was ministry in excellence. “Just to think that He did it all for me” …. Enough said.
Today I did my best squat lift thus far, 358 pounds, a 182-pound bench press, and a 420-pound dead lift. That is almost my best. My best dead lift is 425 pounds.
We focus on the positive, activism, and uplifting the people. We focus on what makes the African American experience beautiful and wonderful, and sometimes ugly and horrible too.
The history of the Seabees is during the second World War. They needed construction people. They went out and got union people: electricians, plumbers, drivers, etc. That was the first formation of the Seabees.
I did not know about the Tuskegee Airmen until I got out of the military. I found out about them by meeting a few of the Tuskegee Airmen. From what I hear they didn’t lose any of the planes that they were guarding.
They asked for volunteers to try out for Airborne. Everyone’s first reaction was, “we don’t want to jump out of no planes”. We were told that it was an extra $55 per month in pay. When I heard that I said, “What the heck I’ll try. It is something different”. About 480 of us went to jump school; but only 125 passed.
I served in the Airforce from 1954 to 1974. I was a ground radio operator. Stateside I worked air ground traffic talking to airplanes. Overseas in Vietnam I was in SAC. I worked U2s (Lockheed U-2. A single jet engine aircraft).
My favorite song of the sing along is the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
It’s the picture where there is a woman in a red dress dancing in a juke joint where all these guys are watching her as she is dancing by herself. That was based off the work of an artist named Keb-mo. He is a delta blues singer. The song is called “She Just Loves to Dance”. The painting came to be as I listened to that song repeatedly.
This is one of Ron Anderson’s students. Her look determined a lot. Through her eyes you can read the soul of this world. Who am I? I love being a black woman.
“Man, with flute” is a bronze piece originally carved in stone. I broke the piece because I didn’t want to do a limited edition. I just wanted one piece in bronze.
With Blood on the Clock Tower your team wins. There is a good team and an evil team. Also, there is no player elimination, which means that even if you get killed, you are still able to participate in the game. It keeps everyone involved until the very end.
It is a heavy economic Euro game set it Chicago around the turn of the century. We are excited about it because it combines 18xx game mechanics with heavy euro games.
It is the precursor of the piano and the harpsichord. Someone said the dulcimer is a piano on standard transmission. You don’t have the keys. You are hitting directly on the piano wires with the hammers.
Vegan and vegetarians have to make sure they are getting all the necessary nutrients. If your fruit or vegetable is not in season or indigenous to where you are living, it is probably not going to help you.
My work is about the transformation of imagery. I am curious as to what more can there be in an image.
I think more people should embrace art and make our cars more fun to look at while we are driving around town.
Everyone should drive an art car. It’s wonderful. You never experience road rage.
We will help you as much as you need. You paint it. You leave it. We fire it. Then, you come back and pick up your masterpiece in about seven (7) days.
We are partnered with Coffee Crafters. They do great work in the prison system training people to become baristas (a person who is trained to make coffee specialty drinks).
The murals are a way for different communities to come together, paint, and have a good time. We usually partner with a local volunteer organization or company and are always welcoming new faces to paint and be part of our family!
This organization is based on human connection. It is for women in the creative fields.
We love to do things across the city and address all types of issues: hunger, homelessness, education, environmental, disabilities, etc. We have a project for everybody.
As an artist I’m learning every single day.
We are in 2018 and we still have some frustrations with the current administration, but this administration is trying to work to help bring the Hilltop back.
What can businesses do to intentionally impact our society in a positive way especially in mass incarceration and the opioid epidemic?
This organization is all about the children and working with the mothers who are the victims of human trafficking.
Jerry page then and now…
James “Buster” Douglas, A typical day at the office.