Tropical Storm, 2020, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 25 x 0.5 inches.
Tai Belize reflects in her written statement One Line One Color, "There was a period when weeks went by and I had no interest in painting without knowing why. It was not because I was waiting for the greatest of something to appear. I had unfinished work.
Anxiety grew that I lost interest in painting. There was a lack of motivation or inspiration or visions to compel me to finish or start new works. How do you get to the end if stopped by the beginning? I still had confidence that I could create new work, just didn’t know how to jumpstart the process.
Then it occurred that each unfinished painting could use a touch of color, or a line. No need to commit to any more. I became pleased each day did not pass without my painting one line of color, sometimes more. Why was I pleased over a simple act?Then I wondered if painting is no more than work, a disciplined process absent of any precursor of thought or feelings, both possible obstacles to creating art.
I assured myself that the one line, one color approach meant the gratification of creating art is not waiting for the beginning conscious moment of slipping into the realm of self forgetfulness to create, but that the completion of the work is the greater satisfaction.
One line commitment allowed suspending the desire for motivation. It was a simple act to be performed. Only by believing in the act not the reason I was able to continue to work steadily.
Therefore, I personally believe in one line, one color each day is a good foundation to create art."
Tai Belize studied art throughout public school. She took adult workshop classes at the School for Visual Art and Studio Museum of Harlem. Belize is presently enrolled in PAFA's continuing education figurative studies program. She exhibited regularly with The Art of Living Black (TAOLB) an art collective in the East Bay area of California from 1999 to 2014. Several of her works are in private collections.