More divas are making their way to my website to be recognized for their achievements and life. These paintings are rendered using original photographs of these ladies. Gicleé prints on canvas are available. Contact me for prices and sizes.
1897 - 1973
Buried in Walls, MS.
This painting is on Beale Street
Tracking down the ultimate woman blues guitar hero is problematic because woman blues singers seldom recorded as guitar players and woman guitar players (such as Rosetta Tharpe and Sister O.M. Terrell) were seldom recorded playing blues. Excluding contemporary artists, the most notable exception to this pattern was M
The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues." Even on her first records in 1923, her passionate voice overcame the primitive recording quality of the day and still communicates easily to today's listeners (which is not true of any other singer from that early per
1919 - 1954
Sexy, sweet, sultry and light...all describes the incomparable voice of singer L’il Green. A native of Mississippi, L’il moved to Chicago with her family in the late 20’s. There she found and explored her musical destiny. L’il began performing in Chicago nightclubs at a very early age. She sang the poplar songs of the day in her own way.
Her soprano voice lacked some powe
“The Georgia Peach”
Recorded on Black Swan Records.
She was the best selling Blues singer of 1921/22,
going on to a long career in cabaret and on Broadway.
1894, Chattanooga, TN -1937 Clarksdale,MS.
An American blues singer widely renowned during the Jazz Age. Nicknamed the "Empress of the Blues", she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.
1891 - 1946
In 1920, she entered blues history as the first African American artist to make vocal blues recordings!