My current body of work explores the relationship between abstract art and math, color and music, composition and perception. I use line and color to convey movement. My painting technique often involves dripping and pouring paint until I’m satisfied with the composition. My artistic goal is to capture the individual energy and essence of the subject matter by whatever means available to me. Color, texture, design and energy are the components that make up all of my work.
Princess Simpson Rashid is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.S in Physics & Astronomy. In addition to her love for science, she has always had a passion to create fine art. She studied printmaking and painting at the Escuela de Artes Plastica in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her diverse interests are reflected in her body of work. In 2006, Rashid was awarded an Art Ventures Grant and an Independent Life Minority Grant from The Community Foundation, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL. The purpose of the grant award was to allow her to execute a series of mixed media paintings and original prints that would explore the relationship between abstract art and math, color and music, composition and perception. The debut of that work occurred at the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History (MOSH) from March 30-September 30, 2007. A subsequent showing was held at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum from Nov. 2-November 30, 2007. Both exhibits were very successful. Recently, Rashid created 38 new paintings that continue this project of relating science, art and music. Those paintings were on display at the Pacific Grove Art Center in Pacific Grove, CA from May 29-July 9, 2009.
In addition to art creation, Rashid has been an active member of her art community. She has served on several boards and committees of various organizations. She is a founding member of The Art Center Cooperative Inc. and the Jacksonville Consortium of African American Artists (JCAAA). For two years, she served as the Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Jacksonville Watercolor Society (JWS). In that office, she conducted watercolor workshops throughout public schools in Duval County and helped train other watercolorists on giving workshops to children. She has also served as president & studio director of The Art Center Cooperative Inc., a local artist cooperative. Rashid also served her local Jacksonville community for five years as the assistant coach of the Jacksonville Fencing Club, working with children and adults. She has conducted successful fencing camps at Episcopal High School over several years. In addition to coaching, Rashid organized several live demonstrations for the Downtown Jacksonville Artwalk relating the fine art of fencing with art in motion.
Rashid recently moved to Monterey, CA with her family and is currently operating out of a new studio located at 170B Grand Ave. in Pacific Grove, CA. The artist may be contacted to commission work of any size and in a variety of styles.