Ancestry is a fascinating subject. I liken it to how the conscience operates in a living being. It doesn’t speak loudly, but it governs your movements. You may choose to ignore it but in your quieter and more reflective moments it speaks to you and manifests itself in ways you may not understand. In essence it is who “you” are and without it “you” would not exist.
In contrast to the über-bravado of most reggae artists young and old, Blake seems more comfortable in humility both with how he conducts his inner and outer lives. “On a regular day,” he explains, “I get up and give praise to the Most High first, then in the kitchen to make breakfast, get my children off to school. Then it’s time for me to ready myself to go to the studio where I spend all my day.”
It is hard to dispute that the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Whether it is fishing boats casting nets off blue-lined shores or Carnival celebrations under rose-colored skies, the Caribbean splendor begs to be photographed. It is therefore no coincidence that the islands have become the muse of photographer Alex Smailes.
The Caribbean Court of Justice, formed in 2005, was designed to settle disputes regarding the legal interpretation of the treaty of Chaguaramas. This includes disputes between two parties belonging to different member states. These inter-island disputes inevitably emerge with free trade, and the Court of Justice is the final arbiter in these matters.
Jessica Pilar is a graphic designer and entrepreneur based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and lived there until she graduated high school in 1994. Jessica then moved to New York, where she obtained her B.F.A. at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jessica has gone on to obtain her M.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has managed to develop her thesis project into a thriving online marketplace.
The Caribbean has always been seen as a tourist destination, where piña coladas and beaches are the main attraction. Not only does the Caribbean attract the all-inclusive resort crowd, but every year people travel to participate in many of the carnivals that take place throughout the islands. The music, color, costumes and textures are deeply rooted in island culture, but are merely a fraction of the creative expression that exists in the Caribbean.
All things “world” seem to be en vogue these days in the United States, whether it’s distressed furniture a la Provençal rustique or the mandatory Indian print festival wear; whether it’s imported Tuscan olive oil or Japanese sushi and sashimi; whether it’s Brazilian depilatory techniques or Israeli mud masks; African tribal art like Shona sculpture, to Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Zen. If you are in doubt, just look at the growing popularity of your local Pier 1, Cost Plus, or Target’s Global Bazaar division. Maybe we have globalization to thank, or maybe just Putumayo World Music.
The Caribbean has always been a place for artists to find inspiration. From the white sand beaches to the lush rainforests, the islands continue to maintain an air of tranquility while teeming with a rhythmic melody of color and textures. Among the ranks of contemporary artists that have captured the Caribbean through paint is David Moore. For years, David has dedicated himself to documenting the Caribbean through colorful landscapes and typical scenes of Caribbean life.