I paint portraits of individual strong black women. These women are reminiscent of the 70’s era diva. They have contemplative piercing eyes that evoke a sense of spirit within them. They are set deep within their frame, which aids in creating place. When viewers stand directly in front of a piece, they are now in her space, and she waits with a come-hither pose and declarative eyes. Each subject becomes an individual. The viewer is given her name, but her story is within. To further complicate the image, the divas are entwined within the background and foreground. The abstract swirling base mixes with the face and hair, weaving in and out of the figure. Doing this confuses the base and foreground. She is a part of a force that is much larger then herself, and she knows it. They are stylized divas, they are sensual yet stern, they are contemporary women of yore. Consisting of various materials such as charcoal, acrylic, oil paint much more, the portraits are then sealed under scented wax. The scented wax aids in giving each “dividual” a sense of presence. This presence emanates from the canvas. In addition, the wax preserves the image much like ancient Egyptian Fayum portraiture. The divas are now sealed in time, acting as markers for future generations.