(Also referred to as hand-tinting and hand-coloring)
Mrs. Van Sertima has a classical eye for portraiture as well as still life. Her ability to capture a harmony between people caught in a moment of magical realism is rare and refreshing. Her blending of background and subject, light and shadow, nuance and delicacy to create this harmony, is akin to the composition of a symphony.
Sanctuary, in my opinion, one of her more complex images, transposes a grotto into a shrine, based sheerly upon her own respect and sensitivity to ambiance and significance. This is a perfectly balanced work. The light, her treatment of color, coupled with the natural posture of the family creates a calm and reverential atmosphere, caught and preserved only by the eye of a true artist.
Mrs.Van Sertima conjures up images that linger in one's imagination long after, initially, experiencing her work and you find yourself revisiting them again and again.
Prof. Emeritus, Jan Carew University of Kentucky Historian, Novelist, Poet, Artist