LaRhonda Angelisa has been painting for over fifteen years. Her work,
primarily in oil, spans a broad range of subject matter, varying from
painting live in front of a live audience, Jazz to sports, She even creates pieces reflective of
college life, which are coveted by members of Greek letter
organizations. Multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Brian McKnight is among
the collectors of LaRhonda’s work. While painting is among her
first loves – poetry would certainly be considered a beloved pastime,
as well as an influence on her painting. She plans to incorporate
her words with her images in coming works . . . expressing ruminations
on love and life in a marriage of her two artistic outlets.
There are many artist
that contribute to the inspiration of LaRhonda's work, such as Lloyd
DeBerry and fellow Nashvillian, James Threalkill. LaRhonda is as
inspired by music as she is by fellow visual artists.
The sultry sounds of the legendary John Coltrane, and Miles Davis for
example, have inspired expansive and smoky images, which have landed in
the collections of such notables as another
of LaRhonda’s inspirations, UK-born Grammy winner, Seal. Her
canvases are slathered with the colorful remnants of the auditory
experiences that inspire her to express life and love on canvas.
reflects the unpredictability of her muse. Her images may be large
format – exceeding the size of the average man – or may be as small
as a family photo. Regardless of the size and subject matter, the
musicality of the images, speaks to the viewer for itself.
In 2005 LaRhonda Angelisa displayed her original fine works of art at Vanderbilt University in the Bishop Joseph Johnson's Black Cultural Center. She took her visual images and combined it with a taste of performance by painting live at he 2005 Third Annual Music City Jazz, Blues & Heritage Festival; The African American Street Festival, The Rhythm Kitchen, Level 88 Jazz Bistro and even a wedding ceremony.