Arlene Turner-Crawford

Sun Drummer Speaks
mixed media drawing
22 x 18 in.

My creative process begins with contemplation, a meditation on the form. Then I fill my ears with music because I believe music is the most evolved art form and promotes my visual creativity at its root. Jazz is my preferred muse; it is spontaneous, immediate, inventive, profound and connected to the ability to imagine. As an image-maker, I am inspired to produce works of art through assemblage, painting and drawing. The route to the works presented here was developed using these methods and materials. I wanted to create a series of works that examine music and relate some of my own words which were inspired by the musical experience.