Somewhere in PortHarcourt

Landscape Painting artwork – ‘Somewhere in Port Harcourt

Oil on Canvas ”30 x 40”(2008) *SOLD

Growing up then in Lagos, Nigeria, I had always been fascinated by the amazing and abundant natural resources/nature whenever I was opportune to travel outside the city of Lagos. This painting was one of my first capturing of the beauty, splendor and colors of nature on canvas. It was a very interesting scenery that I could not just forget too.

I started out this piece first from sketches I had made while on a visit to this jetty (near ‘Man O War’ camp site) with a local girl there from Rivers state. Somehow she seemed to know I would love the place and scenery because I was a young adventurous artist from Lagos. It was breathtaking, beautiful and memorable that I could not resist but sketch.

The time, journey, vacation and out of state project with other artists then quite paid off with this same artwork being my first entry in an exhibition and was purchased by the chairman of the art event then. After that I had continued in painting various beautiful land/seascape works till date.

Art is not what you SEE, but what you MAKE (or produce) for OTHERS to SEE.

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9. Girl Child Dilemma  Pastel on Paper 

©’Girl Child Dilemma’ – by Okpeyowa Moses Marquis                                                                 Pastel on Paper 55 x 70cm (2013)

"To be an artist, one must . . . never shirk from the truth as he understands it, never withdraw from life" Diego Rivera

Every child deserves the right to live, for proper education, safety and support from the family, society and even from our Government before and even after this recent election. Children (and every girl child )are the leaders of tomorrow. The girl child is the mother of us ALL and they deserve equal rights,protection,love and education too.

I am still much directing my thoughts and concerns with this pastel art piece again over the plight of the long abducted Chibok school girls. It’s very glaring that these girls are still unaccountable for even as at the time of this Nigeria 2015 election. What else could be of more importance than the freedom and safety of these young innocent souls of over 200 girls? This is yet another reminder that we as a nation should not relent our efforts, concerns and search for these missing girls. Every life matters and I still feel the dilemma of these children and their families. What good is a nation if it can’t protect its young ones, future mothers and leaders?

As we take our time to seek for another era of leadership in these elections, let us not forget these girls through our concerns, care and prayers too. No one wishes or prays to be victim of any insurgency and we just can’t sit by and pretend continuously that these thoughts and girls are unimportant anymore. Let us keep praying, asking and keep searching out them and for a better way in preserving the future of our girls and children.

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