Inspiring Latina of the Week: Artist S. Whittaker

For this exhibit you focused on entertainers from the past, present and future. What made you choose to focus on this topic?

My love for music is what made me choose this theme. In order for me to choose to paint a certain artist, I have to feel them and feel their rhythm.  For example, the Marc Anthony piece was made while listening to one of my favorite songs of his, "Tu Amor Me Hace Bien." His range throughout the song, the composition and the melody touched me. I even remembered having a couple of tear drops while listening to this song and painting at the same time. Very touching!

You were born in Panama, and now live in Brooklyn. How do you think your upbringing has influenced your art?

My upbringing played a major role in my creativity. While living in Panama, I grew up listening to all types of music from salsa, reggae, pop and R&B. I always had an ear for all types of music from a young age. My grandfather use to have boom boxes throughout the house and when I was really young I would go and turn the radio on to listen to whatever I wanted. When I moved to New York, I began to tap into hip hop which added diversity to my music selection. My family always supported me in drawing whatever I felt like drawing while continuing to instill my culture in me.