With my latest collection “Roots to Royalty”, my aim is to encourage and empower those who have been marginalized in both fine art and mainstream media. There is a need for people to take pride their natural beauty and to recognize the strength and potential they have within.

With influence from the Afropunk movement and afrocentric culture, The Roots to Royalty Collection explores the beauty shared by both people and nature through a series of portrait and botanical paintings. By remaining highly sensitive to the subtleties of light and shadow I have created dramatic nuances to depict the diversity and beauty nature has provided so generously.

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– Vanessa Turner