I've had this in my heart to do for quite some time, but have allowed other things, ideas and events to intervene. But one should never sit on a hunch, or an impulse, especially if it's a good one - such as this - and that is to introduce you to my sister, Brenda.
I've mentioned her from time to time. She's the second kid in the family. I was the first born. She's as quiet as I am outgoing. Probably because she's a Libra and I'm an Aries.
But the thing that I love most about Brenda, is the fact that she is an artistic genius, and has been since the age of 9. Our mom, Ruby Love, always encouraged us to develop our talents. She would study what it was we had a tendency toward, and then would work with us on it. Mom herself had a fabulous voice, and was somewhat of an artist; but the most she ever did was sing in the church choir.
|MY SHERI AMOUR BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE - IS A PORTRAIT OF MY NIECE, HER DAUGHTER, SHERI AT AGE 10 WEARING HER MOM'S HIGH HEELS|
She would get all kinds of coloring books, connect the dots, blank sheets of paper and teach us how to draw. Starting with stick figures, she'd show us as much as she could about how to draw human figures. We would find stuff around the house or yard and create things out of them - our little contests would be to see who could come up with the best idea.
The upshot of it was that Brenda was able to draw faces by the time she was five. By the time she was 9, she was doing portraits. So much so that she secretly entered one of the old fashioned DRAW ME contests that used to appear in the back of comic books. Her work was so good that they actually came to our home to offer her a full artist scholarship - not knowing that she was only 9 years old! They actually were so impressed with her work that they promised to hold it until she got ready to attend college.
Brenda has that rare talent that can paint, draw, sculpt without having ever had lessons. Our home in Oklahoma City, and her home in Chicago are both full of her artwork.
I am taking this time to introduce her work to you because it's apparent that it's a widely kept secret in Chicago, just as Obama was, but no one outside that realm seems to know about it. It's high time you found out what you're missing.
I was so surprised and proud when I found that her work was being exhibited in the Chicago Metropolitan Museum of Art! Wow! But she was so quiet and non-assuming, that it took Mother to get her to show me the book - with pages and pages of her artistry.
|BLOSSOM HEATH BY BRENDA DULAN MOORE - is a portrait of my Mom and Dad - Warner and Ruby Dulan (left) at a Black Country Club in Oklahoma City, Black in the day - it was taken from an actual photo that sits on our mantel piece at home.|
I am so proud of her - and the fact that she's her own internal inspiration. Art just oozes out of her - always has, and always will. This is a clip of her statement from the catalogue:
objects and have created works from found objects and have produced 3D art work by combining several mediums. Art in one form or another has always been in my life. It is something that I will always do." She's featured in
May 24th, 2011
I am a proficient digital artist and I have amassed a collection of vivid digitally generated designs. I meld my traditional artistic and computer skills together to create stunning visual art. My vision is to present my art to the public for their enjoyment.
I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. My Mother started me drawing stick people as a small child. My Father colored my people purple to give me a sense of who I am. I have always worked with my hands. I have created works from found
This is just some of the art work Brenda has done - her genius extends to interior design, duvet covers, logos, clothing and a host of other products. Check her out and "LIKE HER" on FaceBook - or in the catalogue of the Chicago Metropolitan Museum of Art.
And if you get to Chicago, and get an opportunity to meet her, tell her you're a friend of mine.
I am so proud of my "Baby Sis!" I think you'll like her as well.
Stay Blessed &
|MASQUE BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|
|CONE HEAD BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|
|TRILOGY BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|
|GLORIA'S LOGO BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|
|MASQUE BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|
|TAPESTRY BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|
|AFRIK BOY BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|
|CIRCLE OF WOMEN BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|
|LION MUTATION BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|
|THE COLOR OF COMPASSION BY BRENDA DULAN-MOORE|