Romaine McNeil – Ambrosia at Axum Art Café

POSTED: 08/18/14 5:07 PM

St. Maarten – She is showcasing her art work for the next two weeks at Mosera’s Axum Art Café on Front Street. On Thursday evening Romaine McNeil unveiled her pieces to the St. Maarten public. Her exhibition is called Ambrosia, a collection of surreal paintings that explore the unconscious mind awakening and the sensuousness of the human form. “I like to be provocative,” the soft spoken Jamaican artist said.

Her creative streak started early. She began classical piano lessons at the age of 8, also showing an extraordinary gift for drawing. From that time on, she says, music and art have been her passion. McNeil painted and drew all through high school, she said, but wanted to challenge herself. When she enrolled at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts she took up sculpture and minored in music.

She fuses her love for music into her paintings, with many of the images blending the human form with musical instruments. “I paint the sounds I hear and play the color I see.” She hopes her work evokes introspection in the viewer. “How is it affecting me? Why do I feel like this?”

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