...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...
God's love is my painting
Silent mountains suffer in
pride As wild spring blends the time My breath searches heavenly
Blue wind surrounds the sleepy lilacs Each sound is a
sacrifice I can hear God's whitest whisper Thorns have cut my planted