This painting is inspired by an 1893 painting called "The Bajo Lesson" done by Henry O. Tanner.He was the first prominent African American painter to gain international acclaim. (check out the hyperlink above to see the original painting by Tanner).
Like Tanner, I wanted to depict black people in a positive image, in a graceful act of knowledge transfer between the young and the old. A creative symbolic act of resistance to white supremacy in its efforts to undermine all the indigenous people of the world through derogatory racist stereotypes of black people worldwide.
In this painting, the old man and the boy are outside the old cabin, and underneath the shadow of a blossoming tree enjoying the sun in the background. Symbolizing growth, nourishment, the transformation of the environment, and the persistence in the love of generational knowledge transfer as a people. We see the grandfather and the boy as intelligent and noble. Simply a graceful people engaged in an intimate act of sharing creative knowledge.