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Rae Louise Hayward

My art celebrates the beauty of the African culture; its' people, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and music. I incorporate a number of African motifs in my art using various mediums including acrylics, collage, oil pastels, ink, and color pencils.

I started my art training at Pepperdine College between 1967 and 1970 and received a degree in art from Cal State Northridge in 1971.

I am inspired by artists, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Cattlett, Claude Clark Sr., Aaron Douglas, Paul Gauguin, Lois Mailou Jones, Paul Klee, Samella Lewis, Jacob Lawrence, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Faith Ringgold.

I enjoy sharing my view of the Black experience through my art.

My parents encouraged me to give to the world the best that you have and the best will come back to you". One of my "bests" is my art, I believe that the Holy Spirit is guiding me to share it. If my work is well received and appreciated, the "best" will indeed have come back to me.

We are sorry to report that Ms. Hayward died of cancer on Jan. 3, 2008 at age 57.

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