Addid’s Journal: “He is simple, stylish and has uncanny ability to look casual and almost carless. His sentences come slowly, the ideas carefully exposed to release his inner self. The 60-year-old slight, soft-spoken artist talks of his paintings which are rooted in the soil, filled with images of rural landscapes and vegetables.
Bany Payne or Ras Hailu Tafari, a name and a title that he has adopted since he moved to Ethiopia, drew his inspiration from his feelings for land and banana tree which was the chief produce in his home country, St. Vincent, Caribbean Island. The connection to things of the earth natural to life on a farm influenced his work to this day. This source of inspiration is not lacking in the fertile southern Ethiopian town of Shahemene where he lives today and practices his art.”
Read on at Addid’s Journal