Art has always been a part of my life. I first started painting and drawing as a child. Growing up, I dabbled in a variety of other art forms too, including sculpture, furniture design, animation, photography, and graphic design (print and digital).
I received my BFA in Design at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and my MFA in The Business of Art and Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. I've worked as a web and print Designer for the past six years.
My work is based on emotion, which is why I choose to paint abstractly. I love color and how it evokes emotions when spread over a canvas in a specific rhythm. My art is my voice. My canvas is the environment. I am a Designer not limited to a specific medium. I work with paint, clay, copper, charcoal, wood, photography and digital, but I continue to learn new forms of art to express my vision. Whatever medium I use, my goal is always to deliver authenticity and capture the most natural moments in the environment.
I first started painting and drawing as a child. I received my BFA in Design at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and my MFA in The Business of Art and Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. I've worked as a Designer for web and print work the past five years.
I aim to change American society into one that celebrates equality and appreciates diversity. This may seem difficult being that America was founded on opposing principles, but by combining art, education and cultural appreciation, we can progress pass hatred and fear.
ART & MEDIA.
Artists have successfully been a driving force of cultural change for centuries. Because art has no boundaries or limitations, it can act as a form of communication for people of all cultures to come together and share ideas. Using this principle, my goal is to create content that influences change in our society. The majority of my projects are routed in changing the narrative of how society sees minorities, women and the lower class in America.
Knowledge is Power. Many of the problems we face regarding social injustice is based on ignorance and unwillingness to accept reality. Despite a myriad of data supporting the benefits of diversity and showing how human inequality is still very present in this country, prejudices in race, gender and class still occur. By taking this data and presenting it through art and media, I hope to reach a wide audience and educate them on topics that they may not research themselves.
One of the greatest strengths of American society is that it houses such a wide variety of cultures. People from all parts of the world have come to America to build a home and leave an impact. Having strong cultural identities working together in one society provides a way to preserve and share history between cultures while giving people a sense of belonging. Every time we meet someone unlike us, we open an opportunity for growth in ways we cannot expect. Jane Elliot summed it up very well:
"We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences."