Often times our major growth comes from transformative experiences. I was always on a spiritual journey, but after a life changing experience, I was suddenly propelled onto the road to self-discovery. I became inspired to take up painting once again, but not just as a hobby. It is one of my passions and part of my life purpose in promoting brotherhood and awakening one to perceive their lives from a more spiritual perspective. I have visited over 30 different destinations around the world and this has given me insight as to the “oneness” of the universe. You will see in most of my work that I depict religion, mysticism, sacred icons and natural elements while integrating realism and symbolism. I am influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, Alex Grey and Una White.
FROM PALETTE TO PICTURE
My paintings are done using acrylic paints. It is always challenging to produce portraits in acrylic because acrylic paint dries so fast and you’re not able to blend as well as oil. This gives the painting a surrealistic feel. I often will select photos from my different travels or from friends to portray or get ideas from. When I am painting I like to listen to jazz (John Coltrane and Miles Davis), opera (Denyse Graves), classical (Mozart and Beethoven) and world music (Arabic, African and Latin) because it connects with my soul.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF WANDA WHITAKER
When I get up in the mornings I like to meditate and thank God for what I have in my life. This sets the pace for the day. I will take a walk in nature, go to the beach or take a hike up a hill where atop I will witness the most breathtaking views. This opens me up to creativity.