Finley Middle School Artist Paints a Child’s Perspective

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Finley Middle School sixth grader Camille Yvette Lawrence Floyd’s watercolor artwork is being featured as part of an exhibit entitled “Sickle Cell Anemia: A Child’s Perspective” and is on display at the College of New Rochelle’s Gordon Parks Gallery through November 23.

Born with sickle cell anemia, Camille has been painting since the age of three, yet has no formal training. “Painting is like singing a song with colors,” said Camille, who plans on painting for years to come. “I love all the beautiful colors, so when I’m painting, I love to mix them all together to create something nice.”

In addition to be a talented painter, Camille is also a singer and songwriter who enjoys playing piano, violin and flute. One of her songs, entitled “The WA WA Song: Winter Comes,” was featured in her school’s winter concert in 2006. She has also recorded with various artists, including Robbi Kaumalo and Doctor K’s Motown Review, and appeared with Glen Cove’s own Ashanti in her 2003 Grammy debut. Camille recently completed a 12-week performance of Annie Jr. at the Roslyn Cultural Arts Playhouse. She is currently recording a CD with her father. Camille is congratulated here by Finley Assistant Principal Lawrence Carroll (left) and guidance counselor Gus Sirakis.

Camille’s artwork has also been exhibited at the MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn, The College of New Rochelle’s Rosa Parks Campus in Harlem, and the Glen Cove Public Library. The Gordon Parks Gallery is located at the College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources, John Cardinal O’Connor Campus in the Bronx.