When I ponder on reflections of bygone days and remember the delicate shadows of my childhood it is the trees that March through the corridors of the years in a endless procession.
Being from a place of deep snow and endless winters I first attempted to capture the profound mood of autumn in the essence of poems. It was only in later years that I discovered that my predilection was for drawing. It wasn’t that I was considered to be talented, I don’t think that question ever arose.
I drew because I had no choice. It happens that way sometimes. If what matters most in a person’s existence is to accept the inevitable consciously, to taste the good and the bad to the fullest extent, and make for oneself an individual, un-accidental and inward destiny alongside one’s external fate, then my life has been neither empty nor worthless.
At times, when I was younger, I wanted to be a musician. And if I were a musician now , I wold not resist the temptation to trace my life back through moods to my earliest memories.
No matter how many points of departure I encounter I always return back to the clearing in the forest beside the swift moving stream and, though it changes, it is always the same eternal question. “Why did you stay away so long?”and I never have a correct answer, except maybe the realization that we need to look at trees. more closely.
Homesick Detroit 1966 Oil Painting
I…believe that the destiny of a people can be foretold by the image that they have of themselves.” -Storm Talifero
Storm is a Black artist with a vision of portraying African-Americans in unique scenes that other fine art and popular media today do not show. From growing up in inner city Detroit to being stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War to running a non-profit benefiting urban youth to green film-making, his artwork spans more than three decades.
Storm is often referred to as a Renaissance man; he is an artist, print-maker, book-binder, musician, architect, adventurer, mountain-climber, sailor, teacher, writer, film-maker, nutritionist, father, and husband. His art is a reflection of his thoughts, feelings, and dreams that many times go beyond the world around him.
PencilRaps houses 8 collections with over 70 original oil paintings, watercolors and drawings. In addition to selling his artwork internationally, Storm’s accomplishments include winning the Gale Research Outstanding Emerging Illustrator award for “The Bridge Dancers” in 1992 (CarolRhoda Press; re-published by McGraw-Hill in 2002), having his artwork featured on book covers, and in children’s books and greeting cards, and creating an acclaimed Afrocentric egreetings website featuring over 300 pieces of his work (sold in 2000).