Sylvia Snowden, Washington-based international artist shares her thoughts and images
AN INTERVIEW WITH SYLVIA SNOWDEN
Sylvia Snowden, a DC-based painter granted a rare interview with The New Times Holler! in her large three story house. Each floor, hallway and room was loaded with her richly textured paintings. Some of her paintings are devoted to individuals with whom she felt a personal connection with, and other work is testimony to her feelings about her social environment. A few years ago her son was murdered by a neighborhood youth, and she held an exhibit that featured some of his toys and other paintings that reflected her loss. She is currently working on a series of paintings inspired by her daughter who lives in New York City. A longtime resident of Washington DC, she is quite knowledgeable about its past and is mindful of the changes being brought about by gentrification. During a tour of the city she made many observations about changes in historic places such as U Street, that continues to be a vibrant street bustling with people going to check out music, theaters, restaurants –many of them Ethiopian, museums, and other landmarks.