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Marlena B Beal

Marlena B Beal

My favorite art medium is pen and ink which allows my cross-hatch style of drawing to express my fullest creative potential in detail. Many of my pen and ink images represent very personal and fond memories close to my heart from my childhood. I grew up on my grandfathers farm in rural east Knox County beneath the skyline of House Mountain and the Great Smoky Mountains. Because my grandfathers farm was a working farm, for many years he fed and housed most of his nine living children, their spouses and children in an old 2-story cinder block farm house. Some of my greatest memories on the farm occurred from the late forties to mid- to late fifties amid the challenging cultural and financial environments. However, all these fond memories (and some not) were shared with my brothers, sisters and many cousins on the farm. Even with my own children in later years they also became a source for a majority of many of my pen and ink images.

My artwork has been on display at KARM Serenity Shelter, Pellissippi Community College, MLK and Beck Centers Ebony Artistry Art Shows, Knox County Arts Fair, Blue Slip Winery in The Old City, UT Black Cultural Center Art Show (Knoxville, TN); U.S Federal Courthouses Judge Alexander Williams outer chambers (Greenbelt, MD); Home of Bernice Slaughter, subject of book, Where Grown Men Cry (Upper Marlboro, MD) and others over the years.
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Any books/tutorial you can suggest on how to improve portrait drawing? I am trying to learn as much as I can
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