Kent State University
BIRTHPLACE: Pittsburgh, PA
Q: Why is creating art important to you?:
A: It is important to me due to the fact I feel the need to translate ideas and visions in my head, ultimately doing my best to create the art I would like to see and consume.
Q: What inspires your art?:
A: I would definitely say the 1970’s and African-American pop culture for sure.
Q:What are your favorite things to depict in your artwork?:
A: Black women.
Q: Do you feel more creative in the summer?
A: Yes I do, because I have the time to create at my own pace and let my ideas flow naturally, without my professor breathing down my neck to get me to produce 40 illustrations in a span of 2 days. The summer gives me the ability to execute the ideas that usually keep me up at night thinking about them.
Q: Who or what has had the most influence on your artistry?:
A: I would definitely say my environment. Being around other creative people and learning new mediums to experiment with has definitely influenced my artistry, as well as my future goals.
Q: Have you ever explored any other art forms?
A: Yes, I have tried painting, collaging, drawing of course, styling, and graphic designing. I want to get more in touch with styling and photography in the future.
Q: Do you have a favorite project you have completed?
A: Yes! My final drawing portfolio inspired by Jean- Michel Basquiat.
Q: How do you want people to interpret your work?
A: However they best see fit, art is relative. Hopefully they enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Q: What 3 songs complete your best summer playlist ever?
A: Sweet Life – Frank Ocean, Free – Deniece Williams, and Rough Soul – GoldLink
Q: What are some of your future goals and aspirations?
A: I hope to one day become a creative director for a magazine, as well as a fashion curator pulling pieces for editorials and exhibitions. I lowkey want to go to grad school for Museology too. I love the curating process involved with creating a museum exhibit.
Q: Was there ever a point in time you were discouraged about being an artist? How did you overcome this?
A: Yes, I often second-guessed my work and abilities a lot due to the fact I was creatively drained by my classes and making sure that my professors liked my work, and not so much me as the creator. I overcame it by deciding what was worth sacrificing and making it a point to seek satisfaction in my work more than the validation of others. If I like it, that is all that matters at the end of the day.
Q: In what ways has art impacted your life?
A: It became more than just a hobby, art truly makes me feel better. I consider museums to be my “happy place”. It’s also connected me with some cool people for sure.
Q: Do you have any favorite artists?
A: Jean-Michel Basquiat for sure, Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as Mati Klarwein.
Q: Tell us something about your art that a viewer might not know at first glance.
A: I recently started getting involved with my artistic abilities about a year ago.