Bourg: What is your first memory involving art and how did
the experience affect you?
When I was younger, I noticed art at different places
and remembered being totally taken into them. I stared at
them for a long time, moving my eyes from
object to object. I wondered how could someone
paint something so
beautiful. I was too young to realize I should look
at the name or titles.
The Bourg: How do you find time to
create? When do you register the most creative reflex?
I usually paint in the evenings after dinner and the
kids are settled for bed. This seems to be the most
interrupted time. I paint during the day if I
really want to
finish a piece.
The Bourg: What is your favorite
work to date and why?
Belina: My favorite piece changes each time I create new work. My
current favorite piece is called "Canaval". It has 3
women with brightly colored skirts dancing. I love
movement of their flowing skirts.
The Bourg: Do you have any specific
intention for your work or its effect on the viewer? What
might that be?
I want people see the beauty of the Haitian culture
through my work. I want them to experience the vibrant
colors and seeing everyday people working, dancing, and
The Bourg: Can you tell us more
about your creative process?
God gives me an idea about a
painting and I start to sketch it on my tablet. I
move objects around until I'm satisfied and then draw the
image on canvas. I usually select colors spontaneously. I
love to see how the painting
develops. When I'm satisfied with the piece and get
that internal "It's done" feeling, I sign it.
The Bourg: Is there anything you
would recommend to others as they explore their own
methods of expression?
I would say continue to explore and experiment with
different techniques until you find your own style. As you
continue to develop, your execution will be more precise.
Also, never stop learning.
- Busy mom and educator, Belina Wright recreates
the beauty of Haiti in her Florida studio.