As a visual artist, I feel an extreme obligation to paint and illustrate with proper representation as well as help the viewer visualize strength, power and femininity in each of my pieces. My work requires ongoing experimentations which forces me to use many different mediums such as oil paints and pastels, markers and colored pencils and even graphite and charcoal. I pull inspiration from my surroundings and personal interests such as vintage fashion and editorial works (from the 70s and 80s) and different genres of music.
What is one thing you’d like our readers to know about you?
My body of work stems from experiences I’ve had of heartbreak and rejection all the way through to healing and triumph. I wanted to create a world of beautiful women who oozed confidence and self-love, a world I wanted to experience for myself. Through my art, I was able to develop that confidence and self-assurance I was lacking for so many years.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
My biggest source of inspiration are black women who exudes power and elegance. Afrocentric aesthetics as well as vintage editorial works from the 70s and 80s also plays a huge role in my work.
Why do you create and how has your art practice affected your life?
Creating, for me is a form of self-care. It helps me feel present and in the moment. It is a wonderful release of all the things my imagination comes up with. I fantasize quite a bit. I think of beautiful scenes, wonderful scenarios, and dream up whimsical worlds. So, putting those thoughts on paper feels so satisfying! It helps me feel like I could leave my mark here in the world, my art confirms that I have a purpose.