In Haiti, years before the administrations the Duvaliers, Clark went by jeep into the mountains with a couple of Haitian Public servants. He was visiting a few small industrial experiments and clinics.
At one stop as soon as the left the jeep, the community of people and children surrounded them; some sat on the hood and bumpers of the jeep.
Clark quickly took some black and white photographs. It was among the people near the vehicle that he saw a woman in profile that reminded him of the strong handsome, notable black women that he had seen walking in single file down from the mountains to the market place along the Caribbean Sea.
When Clark finished this painting, his wife Daima, called it: "Black Orchid." She said, "The painting shows the artist's profound respect for Black womanhood.