Nashville native, LaRhonda Angelisa has been
painting for over twenty years. Her work,
primarily in oil, spans a broad range of subject
matter, varying from painting live in
front of a live audience, Jazz to sports,
She even creates pieces reflective of college life,
which are coveted by members of Greek letter
organizations. Multi-platinum singer/songwriter,
Brian McKnight is among the collectors of LaRhonda's
work. While painting is among her first loves
– poetry would certainly be considered a beloved
pastime, as well as an influence on her painting.
She has incorporated poetry, which is a unique
expression of her work . . . expressing ruminations
on love and life in a marriage of her two artistic
There are many people who contribute to the inspiration of
LaRhonda's work, such as Leroy Neiman and Lloyd DeBerry.
LaRhonda is as inspired by music as she is by fellow visual
artists. The sultry sounds of the legendary John Coltrane,
and Miles Davis for example, have inspired expansive and smoky
images, which have landed in the collections of such notables as
another of LaRhonda’s
inspirations, UK-born Grammy winner, Seal. Her canvases are
slathered with the colorful remnants of the auditory experiences
that inspire her to express life and love on canvas.
LaRhonda’s work reflects the unpredictability of her muse. Her
images may be large format – exceeding the size of the average man –
or may be as small as a family photo. Regardless of the size
and subject matter, the musicality of the images, speaks to the
viewer for itself.
In 2005 LaRhonda Angelisa displayed her original fine works
of art at Vanderbilt University in the Bishop Joseph
Johnson's Black Cultural Center.