Haitian Woman in Business
Belina Buisson-Wright, born in 1977, is a native Floridian of Haitian American descent. Wright went to college to become a teacher and taught for 8 years until she began to home school her children. During her years of classroom instruction she began experimenting with acrylic paints.
Wright is a self-taught artist that believes her ability to paint is a God given gift. She is fascinated by the music, art, clothing and customs of various cultures. Her art is strongly influenced by her Haitian and African-American heritage. She tries to capture its vibrancy in her work. She enjoys painting people in their element-from the extreme to the simple and mundane whether it’s laughing, dancing, singing or working. Her Haitian influenced pieces usually depict tall, stylized women holding baskets. Wright believes there is a grace, strength and beauty in these women carrying their goods.
She has participated in various traditional and online exhibitions. She also participates in local art events in Central Florida, where she resides with her college sweetheart, Stephen and their four children.
Belina Wright is a visual artist of Haitian-American decent located in Florida ,specializing is Haitian Art. Capturing the vibrant colors and beauty of the people in the day-to-day and extraordinary features of the culture.
What motivated you to start your business?
I was motivated to start the business because of the great interest and feedback I received, on social media, when I posted my artwork.
As a Haitian woman in business, what are the challenges you faced as a business owner and how do you overcome them?
Finding time to do it ALL has been my biggest challenge! Marketing my brand, getting my work recognized, working at my craft, being a full-time wife, and home school mom can be overwhelming at times. But with much prayer, organization, and lots of lists each day becomes more manageable. You have to have balance between work and home.
How does your business relate to Haiti or the Haitian community?
In my business I create art that shows the beauty, the community, and people of the country. Several of my paintings depict men and women carrying heavy loads. These loads represent the struggle from day-to-day in order to survive and support their families. For a long time Haiti was depicted in a negative light and I want to highlight the culture, music, pride and resilience of my Haitian people.
In your opinion, why is it important for the Haitian community to support Haitian owned businesses?
It’s important to support the Haitian community because it brings revenue back into it. Putting your dollars into your community says that you agree that the products and services produced are great and others should support as well. It continues to promote the sense of community and togetherness that we must pass on to future generations.
Take a look at some of Belina’s Art work
Stay connected with Belina and be sure to support her exquisite art. When support Belina’s work you also contribute to the advancement of education in Haiti. Proceed of pieces sold goes directly to support education. more details on www.bwrightart.com