Portrait of An Artist: Rodney Madison

Rodney Madison is an artist who lives and paints in Millers Falls, MAHe works in various mediums to create his abstract work and many of his paintings hang in store fronts along Avenue A.

Q: Is there an artwork that you’re most proud of and why?

Rodney: I’m most proud of this painting in the window. It was inspired by my good friend Keith, who I grew up with in Chicago.  He was passionate about fishing, and the two of us used to fish together on Lake Michigan.

Q: How do you know when a work is finished?

Rodney: When I feel like going on with it wouldn’t make me feel any better.

Q: What inspires you/your art?

Rodney: A lot of my art is inspired by the racial inequality in the criminal justice system.  I have an extra sensitivity for black people, which I express when I paint.

Q: What is your most important tool?

Rodney: My heart, and my love for people.

Q How did you start painting/making art?

Rodney: I grew up watching my father Reginald Madison create abstract art, and win awards for it.

This is just a small sampling of Rodney’s huge body of work.  He’s a prolific painter, and his studio is covered from floor to ceiling with his paintings.  It’s located in Millers Falls, MA.