...In THE PLANTED EYES I wanted to express
the beauty and the suffering of the black race.
It was my fastest portrait-
it took me only fifteen hours from the sketch to the very end.
It was also my first oil painting and Oprah's favorite.
You can see the whole life of this African woman in her eyes.
The eyes are full of strength and spirituality.
The red outfit portrays her love,
the gold earring portrays her inner richness and confidence,
the deep wrinkle in the forehead portrays the deep tragedy in her life,
the gray hair portrays the wisdom,
and the background stripes portray the hardships...
THE PLANTED EYES