“I came to realize what is in one’s spirit will continue to surface in one form or another.”
There was no art on the walls that Anita Coby could remember in the home she grew up in. Still, she was inspired to sketch and draw at 7 years old. It was a way to escape and drown out the world in her young life. It became a game to see what she could not draw and if she could perfectly draw the cartoons on tv and then create her own. She would sketch her mother or people in magazines. Things to make her mother smile after coming home from the second job.
"Satchel" Paige. denied entry to the Major Leagues,, began his professional baseball career in the Negro Leagues in 1926. He finally broke through to the Majors as a 42-year-old rookie, The wiry, static background reflects his world of love of baseball and the dangers a black man faced daily in the early 20th century. His figure is somewhat blurred to reflect the his position in society. However his grip and leg position referenced his rules for a happy life
Elementary school art assignments where you sketch the other half of a face from a magazine, made her started to feel like she had some gift for drawing. Visual arts had been a gift in her family for generations. She soon was pushed forward to show her artwork in mall kiosks and in the City Hall by time she was 11.
After her love of art grew in advance high school art courses, she decided to apply as a Fine Arts major at the University of Washington. She was in awe studying under Jacob Lawrence where she learned from him technical skills, design elements and work process.
“I love the movement of shapes in the lines.”
For the first time she was painting with she peers- It was terrifying to compared her work and exciting to see artistic interpretations of a figure. Its where she studied Lawrence’s body of work, learned how to navigate through painting abstracts which was initially hard to wrap her head around.
“Drawing and painting allows her to express things on canvas she couldn’t put in words.”