Syracuse artist featured at First Friday

By Jillian Marshall

September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Friday was the final First Friday celebration of the summer, but the first for an upstate New York artist.

Ron Warford showed his artwork for the first time at Sip of Seattle during the First Friday Art Walk downtown.

Ten black-and-white pieces of his art hang from the walls in the Washington Street Café.

Warfod says his drawings reflect the history and deep inner soul of African Americans.

The Syracuse native has been drawing for more than 30 years.

He first started drawing in a competition with his brother to see who could draw the better picture for school.

Warford says he creates art to bring out emotion in the viewer.

"What I put down on paper, it comes out as emotions," Warford said. "Everybody can draw, everybody can't do feelings and emotions. That's what I do."

Warford's art has hung on the walls of the Smithsonian and the Guggenheim.

His collection will be at Sip of Seattle through the end of September.