A Poem for You:
I want to rest
Rest deeply in our souls
Strip down to our bones
With nothing left in between us but truth
And if there must be darkness
May we bring it to light
And fill our closest only with memories of our adventurous nights
When your skin on top of my skin would not suffice.
- Maquita Donyel Irvin
Excerpt from Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace & Ruffles
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Meet the Artists: J'Nell & Maquita
J'Nell is a visual artist based in Washington DC. She specializes in oil painting, portraiture with an emphasis on female and black bodies. She loves to show and explore the different sides of womanhood. She paints the things she filters daily within current culture, history, music and fashion combined with her love for painting the human figure, and playing with pattern and light.
"I paint to:
capture the "feel good" moments; those moments where figures are caught in the vibe of the music, posing, flirting or candidly caught in mid-smile.
my hope is that my art uplifts your spirit.
my hope is that it makes you smirk and giggle.
my hope is it takes you to a nostalgic place.
my hope is that their expressions and body language are contagious.
I want you to feel them in your own way with whatever you bring to the experience."
Find her latest artwork on her website:
Maquita Donyel of Polished Pistil is a storyteller currently based in the Washington, D.C. area that discovered her love for literature after taking a required Shakespeare class during her undergraduate studies. Her love for words, art, women, authentic human connection, self-expression, and God led her to storytelling.
When she isn’t consulting, accommodating her daughter’s social life, or laughing obnoxiously with admirable souls she hopes to take wherever she goes, Maquita is storytelling (and smiling, she likes to smile).