I like to create portraiture because I think when you look into a person's eyes you see their soul. Living an authentic life is realizing that that life is not always trimmed with roses. I have grown to realize much about concealing pain and going on. This is one of the ideas I explore in my portraits, the hidden story of the subject. That part of them that reaches out and speaks to me.
I create my portraits to speak to the souls of those who support and see my work. I will always believe that we best communicate truth when we don't have to say a word.
Retina, inheriting the gift from her father, is pure self-taught talent. She has however taken courses with the Mural Arts training program, Fleisher Art Memorial, and at Clarke Atlanta University. She has participated in group showings at Tiberino Gallery and with the Mural Arts Program. Retina has assisted on various Mural Arts programs in Philadelphia and currently works in their education department.