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Striving to become a master artist

Published:Sunday | November 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Spanish Town-born artist Delroy Millwood with his impressions on landscape, portrait and a special piece featuring Peter Tosh. - Photo by Rasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Rasbert Turner, Arts & Education Writer

Spanish Town-born artist Delroy Milwood said that he intends to use his paintbrush to achieve his dream as one of the nation's top artists. Milwood, who was raised in the Brunswick Avenue area of the 'Old Capital', said that he is now formalising his artistic endeavours and has now enrolled at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

"I am now aware of the business aspect of the arts, and that has allowed me to establish my company called Genetic Expressions. This has helped me to not only paint, but also to do several keyrings to fully appreciate the meaning of arts," Milwood said.

He told Arts & Education that while doing his certificate course, he continues to supply a number of gift shops islandwide and has even progressed to neighbouring islands.

"My work on canvas has become a household name in Trinidad and other islands, but my aim is to make Jamaica the hub of my expressions," Milwood continued.

Portraits of Tosh

In his latest effort, Milwood said that in addition to his land and seascape paintings, he has embarked on a series of portraits of reggae icon Peter Tosh and is very proud to be associated with it.

''I am getting the blessing of those who are involved with the great man, therefore, it is a sense of achievement to know that I can be a part of a man so great, as I have always been inspired by (the) arts. I find it is a way to put your thoughts in colour," Milwood said.

The 29-year-old José Martí High School graduate said that he sees himself as a seasoned campaigner in the art form and intends to continue on a path of growth to achieve his true potential.

Despite many setbacks, the man who won the 2003 St Catherine Homecoming President's Cup in painting said it is a journey he intends to continue as long as he can use the paint and brush to please his growing fan base.