Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Haiti and its influence
My grandmother took me on a Caribbean Cruise as a child. I was the lucky grandchild that got to go on her cool trips. It was a maiden voyage on the massive ship and we went to Jamaica and Haiti and the islands were simply magical. This was 40 years ago so much different than today. My time in Haiti was very powerful. The markets, strange fruits and vegetables, colorful clothing and beautiful people all speaking french. We walked through all the markets & wondered through the voodoo stalls everywhere. From that time I have been fascinated by this African religion and all the art it has influenced. I personally feel this trip was the beginning of my journey as the folk artist I am now so far away from the devastated island and its courageous islanders.