"Jamaican Day at the Seaside" / Acrylic on Canvas / 24"x32"
Rita Genet was born in Milford, Connecticut USA. She came to Jamaica and lived in the hills of St. Ann for 20 years. She was already an established artist in the States and continued to paint while on the island. The colours of the blue Caribbean Sea and lush vegetation inspired her to use colour as an expression of the beauty around her. Her work had a naïve quality to it which joyfully revealed island life often infused with humour. Genet’s formal training was first at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and later studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City earning her a BA Degree in Fine Arts. She participated in Exhibitions at the famed Round Hill Hotel, Montego Bay, Harmony Hall, Ocho Rios and has had several solo exhibitions. She also was invited to participate in the Biennial at the National Gallery of Jamaica. She has also exhibited in New York, US Virgin Islands, Berlin, Germany, Lausanne, Switzerland. Being of a compassionate nature, Rita did a series of Christmas Cards for UNICEF and The Jamaica Association for the Deaf and other charities. Her work is featured in many Private & Corporate Collections in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Kingston in Jamaica and around the world. She lives in North Carolina and keeps in touch with her Jamaican friends.