It is a great gift to be full of ideas and constantly producing work, poems, and music. It flows like water through the gifted and for this great treasure in earthen vessels we should be thankful. It is true our gifts are meant to be shared with those we love, our neighbor, our community, and humanity at large. Sadly when people seek to exploit others gifts due to selfishness it rather creates a burden. Short story: one year I was admiring this gorgeous photograph of a white rose in a powerpoint presentation while waiting for my turn to step on stage and sing. It was lovely and my name was within this particular slide with the white rose. Speaking to the person next to me…I said what a beautiful photo I could not keep my eyes off of it… it looked so familiar to me. She ( the one who put the powerpoint together) says…yeah I copied it from your Facebook page. I looked at her shocked(my thoughts)- how could you just publicly post my pictures without my consent and think it was okay—Her response was that anyone can make a copy of your pictures there on the internet. I said please never do that again that is my work. Please respect my work and never ever seek to duplicate, sale, or copy without my permission and/or consent.
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A native to the Pacific Northwest, born and raised in Tacoma Washington, and coming from a line of Artist my artistic expression began as a small child. My inspiration comes from nature, everyday life scenes, architecture, and cloud formations expressed in my photography, paintings, drawings or mixed media pieces. The Four Seasons provide me with ample inspiration for color combinations. My strong interest in fashion, trade skills, and painting slowly evolved into my mixed media pieces utilizing wood, fabric, and paint (acrylic or oil) which bring vivid life to my ideas that start out as drawings. My work can be abstract or descriptive when doing mountain scenes, portraits, nature scenes, or story-board art. I am a story-teller sharing my story, my heritage, my culture, my struggle, my triumph, my joy, and my happiness while simultaneously being a voice to the voiceless. I am a first year graduate student of Public Health and Entrepreneur. My dream is to establish and run a non-profit organization which will build self-sustaining hospitals in rural areas of Africa to provide solution to unnecessary deaths due to minor injury because of lack of accessibility to medical facilities. We will also build Community Resource Centers which will belong to the community providing free space for community events, indoor sports space for youth, classrooms for continued education, and library with computer lab. It is my goal to utilize my artistic voice and all funds and proceeds from the sale of my work to support my projects in Africa. Legacy building is very important so making a difference in the world, networking, mentoring, collaborating, and giving back are ways to leave positive mark in the world. My motto: Engage, Inspire, Create. Art Flow, LaQuita S. Thurman View all posts by ND Art Studios