Violet Fields

(American, born 1951)

Violet Fields is an artist and a poet who is African American. Her artworks are personal reflections. They are abstracted compositions of irregular geometric shapes and lines in pale, pastel, “sandstone colors.” She uses layers of colored pencils and pastels on top of paint. Her artworks have subtle textures such as folded and creased papers and canvases. She notes, “As a person of color in this country, I share with others a tradition, if not a natural affinity, for communication with higher sources… Art that is true can only be made by those who can ‘hear.’”

Fields was born and raised in Berkeley, California. She studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute and California State University in Sacramento. Fields has shown extensively in the Bay Area.