EDUCATION: Received BFA in Industrial Design from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently pursuing MFA in Fine Arts at Liberty University
ORIGIN: Akron, OH
Q: What do you like to depict in your artwork of the most?
I strive to create the best representations of my people. In a time where they would rather stereotype, shame and kill us, the arts is one of the best ways for us to show our resistance and fight back.
Q: What inspires your art?
I get inspired by so many different things, but mostly life. I have created many things out of pain and probably the same amount out of joy. Not all were my own personal experiences, but they still had an impact on me. Music is also one of the largest inspirations for me. I love it almost as much as I love art, and the right song will have me creating all night.
Q: What purpose does art serve for you?
There is a war going and my weapon of choice happens to be a paintbrush.
Q: What is your favorite art medium?
I will draw with crayola crayons if I have to. I normally stick to acrylic paint. But, I’ve been using color pencils and doing more digital painting lately.
Q: What are your future goals and aspirations?
I am working on opening my own gallery next year and also hope towork as a college professor on the side once I finish up my Master’s.
Q: What do you like most about spring?
I love the seeing the flowers begin to bloom again. It’s also a plus that my birthday is on the first day of spring.
Q: Who is your favorite artist? Why?
I have so many. But if i have to choose 1 I would have to say Jacob Lawrence. I remember being in 6th grade wondering why my art teacher never taught us about black artists. So, when we were given an assignment that allowed us to choose any artists we wanted, I took that opportunity to find an artists that looked like me that I could relate to. I read about Augusta Savage, Basquiat, Romare Bearden and so many more and couldn’t help but feel upset that I wasn’t told of them soon. But I was thankful for my new found knowledge.
Q: What do you want to communicate through your art?
Our strengths, our beauty, our breakthroughs, royalty, our love, and our life.
Q: Describe your work in 3 words.
I have 4. F.U.B.U ..for us, by us.
Q: What is the most creative thing you have ever done?
That’s a good question. I will say my most creative moment was in high school when I spent days working on a clay bust of an African woman, and I was super excited when I finished it. I was so proud of myself. Then, it came out of the kiln and half of the head was blown up. I really wanted to use it for the senior art show, so I quickly created a tiny village scene inside her head with animals and huts and people. I ended up liking it better than the original sculpture.