Art and Music of the Bahamas

by Eddie Minnis and Family

“Imagine 'The Bahamas' and what do you see?”

“... Elegant, swaying palm trees; blazing orange and scarlet poincianas; luxuriant, green and purple seagrapes; and of course, the beach – white or coral sands and turquoise seas.

You have in fact, just imagined a painting by Mr. Eddie Minnis, whose gem-like canvases ... have become the iconic images of our nation.

His daughters, Nicole and Roshanne, learned to draw at their father's knee, yet found their own voices and styles, which can be described as photorealism... Both create carefully studied portraits of regular folk, going about their daily tasks.

Ritchie Eyma is Roshanne's soul-mate and a part of the Minnis family and its artistic heritage. Eyma's approach is complementary but also noticeably different.

All four artists focus on similar, but slightly different aspects of Bahamian life … we are thus confronted with a totality of the traditional everyday Bahamian experience.”

Amanda Coulson
Director/Curator
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

“Paintings should delight the eye like music excites the ear.”

“What I have learned in my creative career is that you must believe in yourself and be willing to follow your dreams. Seeing the incredible beauty of the Bahama Islands and our rich architectural heritage, I wanted to follow a career that I could enjoy always.

All of this I owe to my relationship with my God Jehovah. My art attempts to capture the beauty of His creation, and my music and cartoons incorporate the lessons for life that He reveals in His word the Bible.

I thank Jehovah always for the creative gifts He has given me and the opportunity I have to share them with so many people from all walks of life."

                                                                                                                                                 Eddie Minnis (see full bio)

“Over the years my work has been greatly influenced by living on a number of the family islands of The Bahamas - especially the summers I spent on Exuma as a child.  It helped me develop an appreciation for the simple uncomplicated life, which I often try to depict in my paintings.

I hope that viewers will be able to connect with my paintings and that they are inspired more to taste the peace and tranquility that I so love about our family of islands.”

Nicole S. Minnis-Ferguson (see full Bio)

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve been surrounded by art. Although I come from a family of artists, each of us has a different style that reveals aspects of our personality.

In my paintings I attempt to capture a mood that leaves the viewer with a serene feeling. I love the effect produced by reflections on our Bahamian waters, and the shades of emotion in the human face and figure.

I feel that art is a gift from God; it is a gift that we cannot hide, but that we have to express and share.”

Roshanne Minnis-Eyma (see full Bio) www.roshanneminnis.com