Raheem Nelson

Be That Easy

Being in a loving relationship definitely informs the kind of art that I create. This is the first of a series of paintings on intimacy, self care and wellness. My girlfriend, Rahisha is a hardworking entrepreneur, single mother and activist among other things. It can be difficult for her to relax because she is up to so much. Being the romantic that I am, I drew her a bath and sprinkled rose petals across the top. The title is inspired by a Sade song from her album, Soldier of Love. I approached the piece like an oil painting and blended everything together at the very end. After a brief hiatus from creating personal work it’s good to be back at it.

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