Arts & Culture

Remembering Tamara Natalie Madden: An Artist Who Reached Extraordinary Heights

On November 4th 2017, the world unexpectedly lost renowned artist Tamara Natalie Madden just two weeks after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Madden’s paintings focused on heightening the everyday person who never had a chance to shine by raising them to the prestige of kings, queens, and warriors. These paintings were primarily based on her memories of the people from Jamaica, her native country. Madden was a fine art professor at Spelman College, where she inspired her students daily with her indisputable passion for art. You can help support the family of Tamara during this exceedingly difficult time by donating to her GoFundMe campaign, or by purchasing her artwork here.

In the interview below, get to know Tamara and her creative process. She will be deeply missed.

Ayanna Nicole

Hi! I’m Ayanna, a 26-year-old writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I’m into spirituality, nature walks, music festivals, poetry, traveling without a destination in mind, painting, and discussing everything out of the ordinary with other curious minds. Also, I'm an INFP!

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