The Artist, The Gift and The MusicThe Artist, The Gift and His Music : Prince Tribute
Selected works by Maya Imani Watson

Exhibited at Gage Lounge

“I continue to be inspired by Prince and the way in which he embraced his gifts. Prince would worship openly in concerts and throughout his music. He wanted to people to be inspired as well as enlightened. I offer these paintings in honor of our Purple Prince. I know God is getting one amazing concert.”

On June 7, 2016, Houston celebrated the artistic genius of Prince Rogers Nelson in grand fashion.  Live music, prince impersonators, body art, spoken word and live painting filled Gage Lounge with an explosion of creativity.  This painting was done during the tribute. It’s bold colors speak to the dynamic reach of Prince’s music.  Join the artist, Maya Imani Watson for the Saturday Paint Party Social Series.  Unleash your creativity this summer by taking part in guided, adult painting classes.   A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these painting will benefit, www.YesWeCode.org.

Original Artwork by
Maya Imani Watson
The World’s Coolest Traveling Art Museum
Acrylic on canvas

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this collection
will benefit YesWeCode.org, an organization that Prince supported.
Contact the artist for original paintings,
portraits and painting parties.


On View at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church through April 27, 2016.

On View at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church through April 27, 2016




The WABC Visual Arts Ministry presents
The Art of Maya Imani Watson
The World’s Coolest Traveling Art Museum
On View at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church through April 27, 2016

Art for me is an act of worship.  It is a gift from God.  The artistic process is meditation; the final product represents the manifestation of the gift which can be shared with humanity.  The path of an artist is a journey, a pilgrimage. Each stroke of the brush is like an act of faith: confidence in something believed but not yet seen.  The sharing with others is like an offering.  It is the planting of seeds.  Art is necessary, like breathing.  It gives as well as sustains life.  In this way it becomes divine.  As the journey unfolds, the art evolves.

Pastor Cosby D. Cosby, spoke about presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice unto the Lord.  I am humbled by the life of Pastor Emeritus, Reverend William A. Lawson and the fruit his obedience to God has beared as a result of him presenting himself and his life as a living sacrifice.  My life’s journey has been about seeking after the Lord, meditating in His temple and discovering the vast love He has for me.  I was encouraged by a dear friend to come to Wheeler after the passing of my mother.  Ove the years the sermons at Wheeler have been an inspiration and a light beyond some of life’s darkest moments.  My father would tell people that I was drawing on the walls as a child and my mother always reminded me that my “gifts would make room.” The work presented, selections from my life’s work represent my journey as a Christian and a woman seeking after God.  Many of the pieces were inspired by God’s word.  I have come to understand that “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” allows us move through the difficult spaces in life.  In the natural there are many challenges that should have destroyed me, and while I may have been devastated or discouraged, God in His infinite mercy has consistently met me at each moment and propelled me forward. Through brush strokes and creamy paint God ushers in peace.

For me, art is that resting place in the Lord, that conversation peace in which He speaks to my heart and brings the calm.  It allows me to be focused in the midst of the storms of life.  Psalm 104 talks about God being on the wings of the wind. The rainbow colors in my work represent the spirit of God and His covenant with humanity to preserve our souls.  The rainbows come after rainstorms.  For the believer this is the anchor of the soul.  It is the essence of life which propels us forward. It is evidence that we must allow ourselves the space to dream.  The blues represent the heavens, the expansive nature of the sky, the possibility of dreams, the baptism.  They have emerged in swirls, a universal symbol echoing the light of Christ, the presence of the Holy Spirit, the hope of the future.  The butterflies have always been symbolic of the change and transformation that are inevitable in our lives.  They speak to the presence of earth angels sent to help us become our best selves. Ultimately, butterflies are a gentle reminder of the fragility of our existence and the fleeting moments that represent a lifetime.

The rainbow colored swirls in my work represent the promise of God to save us and bring us to himself.  They remind me of His vast love and the presence of the Holy Spirit.  The butterflies have been a constant reminder of the change and transformation that is inevitable in our lives.  They acknowledge the angels God sends us to help us become the radiant beams of light He has called us to be.  The canvas panels and wooden structures represent the many parts of the body of Christ; they acknowledge that WE are the parts which make up HIS body.  They also signify the windows of heaven and the blessings God consistently pours out upon us when we seek after Him through His word.

I had an opportunity to see the Universoul Circus many years ago with my whole family.  I was struck by the ringmaster, Casual Cal and his confident declarations of God’s power.  The circus continues to be his ministry as he uses the platform of the circus to reinforce faith, family and fun.  I see the circus as a metaphor for life: that life is filled to the brim with challenges and excitement, that God orchestrates the events in our lives to bring us to himself and to evolve humanity. But most of all, that we can be Christian, be contemporary and still be cool.  At the time it echoed the sentiment in a painting I did called PEACE. FLY. D.I.V.A. : That we could experience God’s peace, that we could be FLY in the most contemporary sense of the word, and that we could be Divinely. Inspired. Visionary. Artists.

The flowers represent the flowering of the spirit.  In Psalm 1, the bible talks about us being “planted by the rivers of water.”  When we are anchored in the Lord our roots go down deep.  We are able to weather the storms of life because we our grounded in God’s love.  I pay tribute to my mother, Mary Daniel Watson through the representation of the spider lilies and flowers.  I pay tribute to the life, legacy and strength of “Mother” Audrey H. Lawson and those women who plant the seeds peace in our lives which propel us forward.

The Visual Arts Ministry presents
The Art of Maya Imani Watson
The World’s Coolest Traveling Art Museum
On View at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church through April 27, 2016
3826 Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
Houston, TX 77004
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DAUGHTER OF THE KING: Selected Works by MDaughter of the Kingaya Imani Watson
on view at The Libra Lounge

Broad strokes and bright colors moving across multiple canvases are sure to change the gloomiest of moods.  Expansive charcoal gray walls of contemporary bar and local hot spot, The Libra Lounge, are exploding with color.  LIBRA LOUNGE EXHIBITIONS represents a growing trend of collaborations between artists and mainstream entertainment venues. Daughter of The King: Selected Works of Maya Imani Watson, is the first in a series of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists and musicians.   Opening their bar to display the work of local creative talents and a selected resident artist, the owners are excited about the possibilities. The first artist, Maya Imani Watson, has been immersed in the creative field of art her entire life.  Her art has been displayed in the Museum of Fine Arts, The University Museum at Texas Southern University, Prairie View A & M, The Houston Public Library, Rice University, Unity Bank and the Houston Area Urban League to name a few.

Watson, has long included butterflies in her work as she feels they are symbolic of change and transformation. In speaking with the artist, you will find that her art work is meditative or like a prayer that bursts forth in a stunning rainbow.  Often depicting a story across multiple panels, Watson paints large scale portraits and illustrates prose; both her own and bible.  The average onlooker will come in off the street for a cool refreshing drink and leave feeling as if their spirit has been lifted.   One viewer described the vibrant wall as “telling a story in color.”  Rainbow colored swirls change form and become flowers and butterflies.  Each individual painting blends and flows with the others as an extended piece or peace as in the case of the artist work: “ Conversation Peace.”  Watson describes the earth angels present in our lives as symbolic of the presence of those God sends to aid us on our journeys.  Art is timeless in its ability to inspire, transform and impact lives.  This body of work includes older works with more contemporary pieces.  “Heroes Among Us,” depicts a father standing with his son.  Bright colors speak to the power of God’s presence in our everyday heroes.

“ In the Shelter of His Arms,” towers above you with 12 watercolor panels, and yet viewers are drawn into the open arms filled with an outpouring of flowers. Watson spoke of the spider lilies that emerged the summer after her mother’s transition.  She was so moved by their beauty she incorporated them into several paintings, symbolic of the flowering of the spirit and certainly her mother’s love of gardening.

Watson continues to share her lifelong love of art with others through her children’s books, art workshops and classes.  She hosts PAINT PARTY SOCIALS at several local venues including, The Libra Lounge and Darwin’s Theory. Check the calendar and register online at: www.MayaImaniWatson.com for upcoming PAINT PARTY SOCIALS.

Watson is an accomplished painter.  She is a product of HISD’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  She later received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and attended the MBA/ARTS Administration program at SUNY Binghamton.   Watson worked at Texas Southern University for 13 years; teaching in the John Biggers Art Center and the University Museum.  She currently teaches art to the young scholars of Booker T. Washington High School.

Selected works by Maya Imani Watson
Currently on view at The Libre Lounge
9880 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, Texas 77025



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