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The Dancer
Oil and Pencil
2015
Prima
Oil and Pencil
2015
Blanch
Oil and Pencil
2015
Uncut
2015
EYE
2015
EVE
2015
Head
2013
Cracks In The System
Clay
30x19x18
2005
Ancestor
Clay
2010
I'm Here:
Ceramic
2010
life: Call for pricing
Clay and Metal
46x11x12
2005
Africa: Call for pricing
Clay
31x18x16
2007
Yrneh: Sold
Ceramic Clay
2010
Madame: Sold
Ceramic Clay
2010
Elements: Sold
Ceramic Clay
2010
Muse: Call for pricing
Ceramic Clay
2010
Release Yourself: Sold
ceramic Clay
2010
Father Time:
Ceramic Clay
2010
( F ): Sold
Clay
45x30x17
1997
Gypsy: Call for pricing
Ceramic Clay
2008
Meditation: Sold
Clay
33x16x15
2007
Love Is: Sold
Clay
32x28x16
2001
Bonded: Sold
Oil/Bondo/Wood
2011
Painting: Call for pricing
Oil on Paint tray
2010
MC: Call for pricing
Oil/ Mixed Media
2010
Book of Knowledge
Books/Oil Paint
2008
Paint: Sold
Oil on Paint Tray
16x13
2007
Amplified Call for pricing
Oil Paint and Mixed Media
70x30
2007
Miracle Grow: Call for pricing
Oil Paint and Mixed Media
2007
Salvation: Call for pricing
Oil/Wood/Canvas
2008

CHUKES
Artist Statement


A man will never be a man without first understanding the female.

My mother gave me birth. In her infinite love, she realized my talents while I was yet a small child. I am an artist because of her. Through the process of life’s lessons; my mother taught me to believe in myself when others doubted, stand up for those who have not the strength to stand up for themselves, be proud and hold my head high, educate my mind and body to the fullest, never give up no matter what and most importantly, keep my faith in GOD.

Becoming a single father to a daughter also put all the lessons learned from my mother to the test and, in fact, I am still being tested today. The joy and heartache that comes with bringing a child into this world helped me wake up and put a stop to my foolish ways. I learned to love and disciplined softly. I had to realize that someone other than myself depended on me. The little voice that called me “Daddy” was intently watching me with her innocent intelligence, unbeknownst that one day she too would become a woman with children of her own.

When you have done well in life and realize the need to share your treasures are better enjoyed with another than alone that is when you are given your soul mate. My wife is, unequivocally, is my soul mate. Her love and understanding for me is unmistakable. She came into to my life when I was ripe with the knowledge of acceptance. We share the same values in life and our deepest emotions are locked in embrace. I am what I am and she believes in me as I believe in her. So I create with her love.

As a male artist, my greatest stumbling block has been my inability to get in touch with my emotions. The lessons I have learned from women have profoundly enhanced my creative approach. Women are fearless when it comes to expressing emotion and that is how I want to create, fearlessly. I have felt great joy by relinquishing the cloak of masculinity that holds so many men back from expressing their true emotions. I am no less of a man because of this, but a much greater artist and a much more passionate human being. My focus of this artist statement is on the three women who have had the greatest effect in my life and the unending love and devotion I have received from the female spirit.

This exhibit is my way of giving gratitude to all women because without you, there is no us!