About Demonstrating Artist Latasha Dunston
Latasha Dunston was born to a single mother on the west side of Baltimore City in 1992. Separated from her at birth, Latasha was raised by her devoted grandmother until 2001 when she was reunited with her mother. She spent her childhood days studying, playing multiple sports, and making art for all her family and friends. She jumped at the opportunity to create a banner for the school assembly or design a ﬂyer for the church community night. Really, any opportunity for Latasha to be creative brought her immense joy.
However, growing up in the inner city has its limits and struggles. Once she graduated high school, she packed her bags to move to Richmond, VA, where she would pursue and obtain a degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in Scientiﬁc and Medical Illustration. Being so disconnected from nature made Latasha that more curious about the wild spaces this land had to oﬀer.
In 2013, Latasha visited her ﬁrst national park in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It was a liberating experience and moved the focus of her artwork towards capturing the ﬂeeting feelings that a person experiences when out in the wild. A lot of her artwork is focused on plants, nature, animals, and how it relates to her being a black woman. It resonates with people because they can feel the emotion and recognize the landscapes in her paintings which sparks memories and curiosity in the viewer.