Nashville native, LaRhonda Angelisa has been painting for over twenty years. Her work, primarily in oil, spans a broad range of subject matter, varying from painting live in front of a live audience, to setting the tone in her home studio. 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 . She has incorporated poetry, which is a unique expression of her work . . . expressing ruminations on love and life in a marriage of her two artistic outlets.
There are many people who contribute to the inspiration of LaRhonda’s work, such as Leroy Neiman and Lloyd DeBerry.
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.
LaRhonda’s work 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.
LaRhonda Angelisa displayed her original fine works of art at Vanderbilt University in the Bishop Joseph Johnson’s Black Cultural Center. She has performed from Nebraska to Washington, DC. LaRhonda will take center stage with the best of the best in jazz music this year for the second time in a row during the Steel City Jazz Festival in Birmingham, Alabama on June 4-6, 2015.
Tickets are available for the Steel City Jazz Festival at www.steelcityjazzfestbham.com