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In our April 2013 print edition, we brought you the art of Lori Pratico. Learn more about Lori, and view her website, where you’ll see the full range of this superior artist’s talent.
Lori Pratico is an active member of the South Florida Artists Association, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Portrait Society of America. She believes in giving back to her community through herself and her artwork. She recently helped facilitate ArtServe’s Eco-Art Therapy program at the Sunset School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, which services children and young adults with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Lori’s portraits are fresh and modern. The people she portrays are real people who celebrate life and dare to be different.
You can see more of Lori’s work at www.loripratico.com.
Featured here: “Grace”, graphite and pastel on illustration board.
In our February 2013 issue, we introduced Ras David Williams, a.k.a. “Raw Pencil.” Read on for more information and more fabulous artwork, “Birth of Greece” and “Fabric 3.”
In 2008, the ‘Raw Pencil’ moved from only black and white to color art, and tried his hand at painting for the first time. David immediately loved the new medium in which he also excels with his use of bright, vibrant colors. In the four years since then, he has turned out a number of high quality acrylic paintings on canvas, most in standard sizes and others oversized. His personalized technique is a result of the wide exploration of his own innate artistic ability.
He was further influenced and motivated by observing the role that art has played in traditional African culture, from Egypt to Ethiopia, from Ghana to Kenya, and from South Africa to the Sudan. Thereafter, further research into the artistic creations of the European Renaissance period only enhanced his appreciation for the awesome power of art.
Today, Ras David is best known for his realist portraits of selected world figures, as well as everyday individuals. As the ‘Raw Pencil,’ he endeavors to render precisely what he sees without interpretation. The subject matter comes from an effort to constantly learn to document reality with a naturalistic, representational approach. Thus, he says his paintings strive for reality and are a chance to reflect life in its most raw condition from a viewpoint that is unbiased. His paintings range from figurative subjects, through landscapes and animals, to narrative compositions that usually represent the Rastafari culture and way of life. He also produces personally commissioned pieces for patrons.
David has showcased his art and received commissions through a number of galleries including DandG Gallery in Jacksonville and Diaspora Vibe in Miami. His work has been featured at cultural programs and community exhibits including twice at the annual Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza in Fort Lauderdale, and at an ongoing exhibit at the Haile Selassie Learning and Community Center in Liberty City, Miami.
David’s graphic artworks include T-shirt designs for the urban clothing of CY Evolution; record and album covers for labels such as Rastar Records, and JahGydeYah Records; magazine covers and editorial cartoons for Rootz Reggae Kulcha Magazine; as well as several book covers for publications published by the Rootz Foundation and others.