“…Would it that I could inherit some of you then I would possess an ever-living ancestral spirit bound to other worlds…
I choose to paint what moves me. The chase to capture my subject’s elusive spirit begins at the painting’s conception. As I work, music sets the tone and rhythm of the encounter. We wrestle, play, and move together making an indelible connection. Evidence of our soul-dance is the painting be it on canvas, paper, fabric, or wood.
Roots music has had a huge influence on my development as an artist. I pay homage to musicians in my portraiture work as they have given us all the gift of music to make our lives richer. As such, I release them into the world and hope they bring joy to those that resonate with their visual energy.
Inspiration has also been drawn from global travels into exotic lands. My mentors stretch far and wide to whom I give infinite thanks.”
Basia Jaworska, artist and contributing writer to Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, grew up in a small New Jersey town outside of NYC. A trip through Latin America at 20 was the beginning of her passion for travel. The road opened her eyes to a cultural feast– art, music, dance and world history. She credits her global education as her primary teacher of life as an artist.
Basia’s work shows on Martha’s Vineyard, MA, where she resides. She has participated in numerous art exhibits, both solo and group, stretching from California to New Orleans, Newport, R.I. (Jazz Festival), Western Mass to MV.
Basia is currently illustrating a book on Slavery and Slave Songs. She has illustrated for newspapers, designed tee shirts, CD covers, and posters. She has designed and painted stage sets for theater at the Vineyard Playhouse as well as the stage for Fashion Week MV. Basia enjoys working with Fashion designers painting one of a kind fabrics, leather clothing and accessories. She experiments with cyanotype art– a photographic process on fabric.
More recently, Basia began painting one of a kind glassware inspired by the Polish egg painting Folkart, “pisanki” which she did as a young girl. Basia has mentored children in the arts and facilitated the “Body Project” Art Workshop for women. She is currently working on a commissioned mural project on Martha’s Vineyard.