I was inspired to do this body of paintings after visiting the Afro Peruvian Museum in Lima with my lovely wife. I felt the need to respond to the historical information as well as the ever present and timeless possibilities of our garden. I also referred to the geometry in rugs from North Africa to contrast the paintings’ brush strokes.
My previous works focused solely on our garden, the obscuring fog and flowers; those works used a lighter color palette.
In these recent works I wanted to somehow create paintings that honored and memorialized the experiences of those who suffered from the indignities of being enslaved in the Americas. I also wanted to acknowledge time and change through the metaphor of the garden as nature, and the sky (heaven) as a witness.
Ironically slaves were brought to the Americas to work the land (nature) producing cotton and sugar.