My mixed media painting series, Runaway: Going, Going, Gone, is inspired by the discovery of “Wanted” advertisements from the late 1700s and early to late 1800s. These advertisements describe runaway enslaved people of African descent in, sometimes minute, details. Descriptions of hair color and styles, clothes, complexion, scars, size, and demeanor conjure vivid images in real and tangible ways. This painting series is a commemoration of our survival and our ability to thrive under the most adverse beginnings. It is also an invitation for viewers to reflect on the importance of remembering those who have come before us. Remembering the price they had to pay to survive. Remembering what it means to be free.

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Runaway - Jack 1730Runaway - Will 1771Runaway - Jesse 1803Runaway - Simsbury 1774Sold - Prints may be availableRunaway - Mary 1793Hannah 1784Bilhah - 1764Sall and SonQuam – 1790Bristol - 1774Hamon - 1793Nell and Child - 1796Jeffery - 1774Tony - 1772Runaway Nelly 1809Jenny and Child RI 1796John - 1796Julian Francois - 1802Sarah - 1809Simile - 1788Silva - 1784BOND - 1774Absalom - 1743 Darkey - 1805Sampson - 1774Jack - 1785