Influenced by the architectural drawings I observed my father working through for his construction projects as a little girl, I became intrigued with the process of creating things. The process of using raw materials to bring the drawing to life. I centered the development of my creative talents in the study of Interior Design.
During my studies I focused on the psychology of color, line, form and style; giving close attention to three - dimensional drawing and the relationship between line and space, there I began my first real indulgence into the world of creative expression.
The relationship of things became my passion in the pursuit of good design. And as time progressed the desire to express my personal voice creatively developed into my expressions through the medium of stone sculpture. The act of creating designs from stone became a practice that brings me tremendous solace.
Stone, a composite of all the elements: fire, water, earth and air - a totality of all matter. Many images and expressions I hold in memory help me develop the material I sculpt in terms of personal feelings, ideas and sensibilities.
In my role as an artist, I create art that expresses beauty, harmony and feelings. I am drawn to stone as an artistic expression because of its strength, veining, raw beauty and variety of colors.
When observing my sculpture I want there to be a peaceful flowing balance in its essence. I want the viewer to be captivated by the color and veining of the stone or drawn to touch and experience the cool, satin-like textures of the surface. I hope this interactive experience engages the senses (sight - heart - mind -touch).
Richardene Forrest-Thweatt, is a native of Charleston, South Carolina she currently resides in Germantown,Maryland. Formally trained as an Interior Designer she has 20+ years of experience in commercial and residential design and office administration. Richardene began working with stone in 1999.
A member of the Washington Sculptor Group, the National Women's Caucus for Art, Strathmore Artists and the Art League of Germantown. Richardene creates fine quality art sculptures.