"Misty Copeland"
Original Painting
in Private Collection at Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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  • mixed media (including real genuine mother of pearl) on mylar mounted wood 
  • 70" x 42"
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This is a painting I created of the inspiring, powerful prima ballerina Misty Copeland. She rises to the top as a role model of how dreams come true, breaking through barriers that should never have been there in the first place. Being the first female African American to be promoted to Principal Dancer in history, she is a path paver, a culture changer, a symbol of strength and feminine power. She is the female heroine that our society needs. She dances not only for her pure love for it, but also for the greater meaning beyond her own life to empower other's lives. Her relentless hard work, passion, discipline, and motivation is infectious, flaming the fires inside all our hearts to work harder. I was moved to tears with her story, and can't thank her enough for how much she has inspired me in my artistic journey, as well as inspiring countless others. She is a living example of how the arts make a difference and how greatly it impacts the world. This is a painting of this incredible empowering woman and all that she symbolizes for making this world a better place.