Interview with artist Belina Wright.

Belina Buisson-Wright a self-taught artist of Haitian-American descent. Went to college to become a teacher and during her years of classroom instruction, she began experimenting with acrylic paints. she also believes that this ability is a God given gift. She is a native Floridian of Haitian American descent. She is fascinated by the music, art, clothing and customs of various cultures. Her art is strongly influenced by her Haitian and African-American heritage. She tries to capture its vibrancy in her work. She enjoys painting people in their element-from the extreme to the simple and mundane whether it’s laughing, dancing, singing or working.  Her Haitian influenced pieces usually depict tall, stylized women holding baskets and most recently, women dancing. Wright believes there is a grace, strength and beauty in these women.  She has participated in various traditional and online exhibitions nationally and internationally. She resides in Central Florida with her husband, Stephen and their four children.

  • How long have you been painting?
    • I have been painting for 14 years.
  • Why did you choose to become an Artist?
    • I felt that art chose me. I didn’t even know this ability was inside of me. I saw a woman painting on a PBS program and thought, ‘I think I can do that.’ I purchased her paint, brushes and instructional videos and began to practice. I painted everything I could get my hands on.  After trying her technique for a year or so I painted a picture of a faceless Haitian Woman holding her child. That was my very first work of Haitian art.
  • What are your favorite things to paint?
    • My favorite thing to paint are Haitian dancers with beautiful flowing shirts.
  • What is your style of painting?
    • I paint contemporary Haitian Art . My pieces usually depict tall, stylized women holding baskets and most recently, women dancing.
Patterned Women in Green
  • What is your biggest accomplishment as an artist?
    • My most recent accomplishment was being invited to have a solo exhibition at the Haitian Consulate in New York. Dec 2016 – Feb 2017
  • What is your biggest challenge?
    • My biggest challenge is finding time to do everything lol! I strive to be a good wife and mother but also develop my craft and grow my business.
Different But Same
  • What would be your ultimate achievement?
    • My ultimate achievement would be for my work to be accepted into museum collections and to have clients all over the world.
  • What was the best advice you were ever given?
    • Never stop learning, never think you have arrived. Always strive to be better.
  • Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
    • Everything eventually gets done. You can only do one thing at a time. I have to remind myself constantly.
  • Do you feel that you are representing the Haitian Community? How does it feel?
    • Yes I do believe that that I am representing the Haitian community and I feel very proud.
  • What’s your favorite thing about being a Haitian Artist?
    • My favorite thing about being a Haitian artist is that I get to showcase the beautiful, color and culture of my people.
  • Do you have any advice for Haitian kids or Haitian descendants that are pursuing an artist career?
    • I would tell them if they are truly passionate about it, follow their dreams! Get a mentor in your art field and learn everything  you can. Practice your craft, experiment with different techniques and find your artistic voice.
  • Will you share with us one of your favorites paintings?

  • Other personal information or experience you would like to share:
    • I’m happily married homeschooling mom of four.

Follow Belina:

  • Social Links  Twitter, instagram, snapchat, tumblr: @bwrightart
  • Facebook: Bwrightart Art by Belina Wright
  • Contact bwright-art@hotmail.com
  • Website www.bwrightart.com

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