“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” - Claude Monet
My journey as a textile designer couldn’t be described any better. In painting, I have found the most natural way to express myself. By constantly revealing something new to respond to, art allures me to represent nature. My transient upbringing and travels have influenced my artistic ideas as I explored the details of form and color in the gardens from my childhood. For me, flora and fauna indicate the well-being of the environment—they symbolize life.
Romaine McNeil is a surreal/abstract Jamaican artist and musician, whose paintings provoke viewers into deeper thinking and conversation. Her interest in art and music started early, and after high school, she enrolled in the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts to pursue her passion. Her passion for music rekindled, and she decided to do electives in jazz, piano and drumming. Her first solo exhibition was held in St. Martin in 2014 at the Axum Art Gallery, founded and operated by renown Caribbean artist Joseph Henry, otherwise known as Mosera.
Lori Saint Rome
My name is Lori Saint Rome, and I am an illustrator and photographer from Haiti. I am currently based in Orlando, Florida. I draw inspiration from nature, colors, joy, serenity and black people. I grew up loving art, fashion, and all things colorful. I think those things heavily influence my drawings. I love people, nature, flowers, colors, joy, love and style. These things always seem to be a common theme in all my art. Art is therapy for me and I put so much love into every piece hoping my art brings inspiration or joy to people.
Shar Tuiasoa is a Polynesian illustrator from Hawaii. After studying fine art at her community college, Shar earned her BFA in illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design in California. She then started Punky Aloha Studio in the summer of 2018. She freelances full time, sells her playful and bold artwork, and paints murals throughout her island home. She has created artwork for Apple, Facebook, Sephora, Patagonia, AT&T and The New York Times and is currently working on her first of two picture books as an author and illustrator for Harper Kids, an imprint of Harper Collins.
Ivy Wu is a M.F.A. candidate in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design, expected graduation December 2022. Born in Shanghai, China and immigrating to the U.S. in 2013, Ivy grew up in a melting pot of cultures. Bound by Eastern and Western artistic influences, she merges Eastern art concepts by painting calligraphic lines and vivacious brushstrokes into oil paintings in a non-representational way. She’s an active artist, participating in numerous exhibitions and juried shows. Recently, she won the Spirit Award in the 39th annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival. Ivy works and lives in Atlanta, Ga.