Lilian Thomas Burwell recounts the life story of her aunt, unsung artist and educator Hilda Wilkinson Brown, and the influence she had on Burwell’s own career as an abstract expressionist artist. Their lives, works of art and sources of inspiration are presented against the backdrop of a segregated society where marginalized Black artists created their own venues to exhibit their work.
[Lilian] Hilda Wilkinson Brown
was the most influential person
in being who I am as an artist.
She painted out of pure joy
and purpose of her own.
Her confidence in me was overwhelming,
and so I never doubted, whatever I was doing,
I should continue in and not stop.