GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- For Paris Vaune Tavannti Wartick, life has not been easy. She has been over shadowed by a sister who won ArtPrize just 2 years ago and she has had to overcome abuse and illness in her life. She wrote a book called “Unveiling Paris” where she digs deep into being molested as a child.
She has also had to deal with not one but 2 bouts of brain cancer and not even that can keep her from her passion of creating art and telling a story. Her current display for art prize hangs at the Monroe Community Church and depicts three different scenes from the life of Moses.
“Unlike Moses who had a hard time speaking in the beginning I do not have a lot of trouble speaking, sometimes I talk too much”, she says. And she uses her art to fulfill a higher calling.
“I believe that in my life I have been made to be a person of courage and that one person of courage is that someone who can give hope to others.”
That is exactly what she is doing encouraging others and in the end that is more rewarding than any award.