I may be overstating but creativity feels like a birthright for black women. Whether you write, paint, know how to dress your behind off, or have learned how to make mountains out of molehills/ feasts during the time of famine, there is no limit to the things we can do. I was reminded of that idea today when I stumbled across the new art collection called “Woman” from Stephanie Whittaker.
According to her website, The Panama born artist started drawing regularly by the time she was three years old. And by the time she was eleven, having relocated to Brooklyn, she had discovered, through the prompting of her grandfather that art could make her money. She says, “Ever since that day I have been an entrepreneur.”
During high school she took up painting and went on to attend classes at the Borough of Manhattan College for Small Business Entrepreneurship. She was also enrolled at the School of Visual Arts. But due to financial challenges she wasn’t able to afford tuition and had to drop out. She said, “Eventually, all my art skills became self taught. I basically graduated from Self-Taught University.”
Stephanie found a mentor in Robyn Williard, CEO of Reign Entertainment Co. and was signed as a visual artist for the group and named Creative Director for World-Wide Reign Graphics. “She incorporates paintings with graphics to produce one-of-a-kind products,” and her work has been shown all over the United States.
In Stephanie’s new collection “Woman,” an Instagram Art show curated by Fire Reign Entertainment, Whittaker has debuted a different iconic black woman for each day, from April 28 to May 23. Take a look at some of our favorites from the collection on the following pages. They’re beautiful and will have you contemplating if you can drop a few dollars on purchasing one. Keep in mind they’re videos, so go ahead, press play and enjoy.