Minnie Watkins’ art draws inspiration from jazz era

Minnie Watkins

One major theme that resonates throughout the art of Minnie Watkins is her striking use of black-and-white images. The bold black backgrounds and strategically placed white distinct lines work together to create the illusions of distance, shadow and light. Watkins was one of the artists showcasing their work at Delta Sigma Theta Chicago Alumnae Chapter Gallery D’Estee. Themed Cultural Connections, this year’s event featured more than 21 local and national artists.

Tell us about the mediums you use.
I use mostly acrylic on canvas. I also have some acrylic and collage on canvas. You see a lot of musicians. I really like the energy that musicians give, especially, jazz. I like the horns; I like the guitars — acoustic guitars. So you see a lot of my work reflect that. I particularly like to paint in black and white, for me it’s like going back to basics. I like to make the tones and shades of gray blend as if you are looking at color — graduated tones and light.

Where were you trained?
I went to Columbia College for advertising and illustration. I worked in advertising for 20 years doing design, illustration, and art direction. After I was into advertising for 15 years,  I started freelancing, building my client base. After that I also started painting.

What inspires you to create?
There was a need in me to create, so I had to get it out.

For more information, visit www.minniewatkinsart.com.

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