Charlotte-based artist Brittani George spent the first half of her 24 years growing up in New Bern.
She returns often to visit her father, Bernard, who was on hand Thursday night for the opening of her Black History Month exhibit at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.
She describes her foray into art as self-taught and evolving.
“I was drawing as soon as I could hold a crayon,” she said.
George attended the Northwest School of the Arts and recalls gathering insight into historic movements, artistic expression and technical discipline.
There, she was formally trained in several mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache paint, oil and chalk pastel, charcoal, color pencil and graphite.
“Since then, I have gravitated towards acrylic paint, watercolor and pen, highlighting geometric shapes and complementary color schemes,” she said.
After moving to Charlotte with her mother, Veronica Marie Clark, two older brothers and an older sister, she began a dual path —