|Title||Dunbar, on Whittier|
|Artist / Creator||Beverly Womack|
|Author of Text||Paul Laurence Dunbar, John Greenleaf Whittier|
|Medium / Materials||Sumi, walnut and gold inks on archival mat board, leather cover, linen gauze and headband of book (circa 1870)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||14 x 18 inches|
Paul Laurence Dunbar, son of a slave, penned this tribute to Whittier in honor of the 38 years Whittier’s pen fought slavery. Whittier’s My Soul and I describes a life of humility before God and disposition toward the oppressed. I drew his portrait with that poem. The plain monochromatic tones represent the simplicity of his Quaker upbringing.
Risking reproach, I dismantled a volume of Whittier’s poems, reasoning that the beautiful book would be enjoyed and appreciated under glass by more people than wrapped in a pillow case in my bottom drawer.John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Artist BioBeverly Womack remembers practicing her cursive strokes in the margins of her seventh grade algebra notebook. After 45 years she still rehearses her lettering and perfects her script in every pleading white space, rising to an enviable versatility of style and excellence of skill. Educated and experienced in graphic arts, Beverly's opportunities have included illustration and rendering, logo design and advertising, as well as original art. Much of her commissioned work has slipped by uncopied or unrecorded, some of which is displayed in Nigeria, England, China and Paris. She is a Society for Calligraphy member, and a winner of international and local recognition. She teaches calligraphy workshops in elementary and high schools, East LA public libraries, and in her home. She always has a commissioned piece in the works, and is currently working on thirteen illustrations for her first children's book, Flamenco Fantasy. Mrs. Womack resides in Placentia, California with her equally talented artist husband Ron, and three of her eight amazingly creative children.