“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an author, a poet, actor, and a Civil Right’s Activist. With a career that spans over 50 years, she published many acclaimed works and received over 50 honorary degrees and had over 30 medical facilities named after her. She also wrote the first script by a black woman to be made into a Hollywood film. Her autobiographical book, I know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of the most influential American books of the last century and is widely studied in high schools and colleges to this day.
*Artist’s note: Once the kindness of Maya’s eyes showed through, I didn’t want to add any more to the rest of the painting in case somehow that would lessen the strength of her gaze.—or I’d simply overwork the details and lose the raw quality I liked about it. Better to stop…one can always add more later!