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Ginnie McKnight

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DePaul University

Ginnie McKnight
Im a Visual Artist reconnecting with my inner creativity. As a young girl Art was my favorite class. It was there I felt I shined the most. After school we would have drawing contest, and show off what we'd drawn throughout the day. I was usually the only girl participating, but I loved drawing and it didn't intimidate me. One of the contest got really controversial. A boy took my drawing, drew over it, and put the teacher's name on it. Needless to say I got in trouble, and the teacher exclaimed who drew this? I said it was mine and she yelled, "Girls Don't Draw Anyway..." After that incident I put the pad and pen down for years. In my teen years I Debated competitively, and ran Track and Field. Both activities I competed Nationally, and saw much success. However, my creative gift remained dormant.
In July of 2007 I left my home in Chicago, and moved to Baltimore, MD. I realized I didn't have any Art work on my walls. So I purchased my first canvas, Acrylic paint & brush set, and got busy. I ventured into painting with oil in 2011. In July 2011 I had my first exhibit at the African American Heritage Festival in Baltimore, and in June of 2012 My Art work was on display in Times Square, New York for the Art Takes Times Square Exhibit 2012. 
I feel very fortunate to be reunited with a chance to enjoy sharing my imagination through creative expression. My subject matter varies from painting work inspired by my favorite artist's in my music collection, topics of womanhood; and also painting in the spirit of personal perseverance. I hope my expression encourages other young girls and women to hold fast to their talents; even if they're the only girl or woman in the room. 
I am A Painter, Artist, Lover, and Blossoming!
Ginnie McKnight
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