Art & Poetry

Urban Exploration with Artist, Jonathan Carter

    I’m a city girl; maybe that is why Jonathan Carter’s work captures my soul.  Through the subtle nuances of his palette, I can feel the color and pulse of cityscapes.  The featured image, Edge of Night 2 illustrates how cities speak through elements like the dawn…

Kuntal Patel

  I met this gentle spirit that is Kuntal Patel at Darshan:  A Vision of India.   Patel’s work allows us to become a part of his creative process.  His birds symbolize freedom, and beyond the beauty of the vibrant colors of India, we feel the California sun of…

Carnival is Here!: Tatiana Gibs (Tatje)

There is nothing like Carnival in the Caribbean, and Sint Maarten jams during this festive season of celebration.  Tatiana Gibbs captures the vibrancy of the Caribbean in her tribute, Carnival Is Here!  Tatiana and Dakey also sing calypso, the genre that makes you either move or swoon.  Their…

Love, Hope, Art: Luis Peralta Del Valle

Man, every brush stroke comes with pain but it hurts more not to create.…This Baldwin quote is the truth. People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned. Luis…

Spiritual in Nature: Art of Verlena Johnson

  Self Portrait, Raven and the Owl   The halos in her work echo and conjure up the ethereal, ancestral strength and intuition that is female.  It is spiritual and diverse and its essence is recognized by eyes that seek insight. Garden Spices celebrates and honors the work…

Portraits of New York: PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID RHODES

We started it with spiraled emotions and broad expectations, 2022.  Photographer, David Rhodes captured our feelings in his image vibrantly celebrating the new year.  With New York City as his backdrop, Rhodes’ work allows us to immerse our souls into the people in his portraits, into the crevices…

Let’s Keep Moving! Real C-kle Art

His artwork  blazes with hope and promise.  Clement Larvea’s (C-kle) art therapy infuses the global community with vibrant images that speak to the language of healing.  Welcome, C-kle to Garden Spices.  Gate open – Victorine About the Artist Clement Larvea, better known as C-kle, is a self thought…

Movement: Gafar Oluwabori Quahar

It wasn’t his synchronous painting, (featured below),  that drove me to browse his work. However, surprised when I viewed it, I had to comment and post my picture: Gafar Oluwabori Quahar has work that exudes power, speaking to the present and future, and “movement” is the magic word….

Undiagnosed

  About this work Undiagnosed is a series of self-portraits that explores my journey with mental health struggles.  With this project, I wanted to provide visual representations of my feelings living with depression and social anxiety.  During the fall semester of 2021, I struggled the hardest with my…