A visual artist and writer, Ricardo Guthrie has exhibited artwork and published writings in Boston, Mass., San Diego, Calif., and Flagstaff, Dinetah, Arizona.
"We Wear the Mask," oil on canvas, 24" x 36", was created as part of a series in response to Paul Laurence Dunbar's epic poem:"We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask...." (excerpt)