Artist Statement: I am an artist that enjoys creating pieces of artwork that emphasizes expression. I am inspired by subjects dealing specifically with everyday people in common daily settings. I like to capture moments in time that most people would consider less likely desirable. My artwork has a realistic style but a raw edge. When I create a piece of art my intention is to tell a story by capture feelings and emotions dealing with that specific subject matter (poverty, homelessness, natural disaster, etc.). I also enjoy creating pieces affiliated with nature and how we are connected to animals and everything living thing on this earth. I liked creating statement pieces that capture simple elements of nature and how important these moments count. Variety is the spice of life and as an artist I believe it is good to have a diverse understanding of how to create art of all subject matters and to never limit your usage of materials. I strive to incorporate the same emotions and feelings that I encompass in my figurative pieces as well as in my non-figurative or abstract work.
My Influences: I feel a connection with artists such as Charles White because his drawings and paintings affirm the humanity and beauty of African American people and culture. Common subjects of his artwork include scenes depicting African-American history in the United States, socio-economic struggles, human relationships, and portraits. I am also inspired by revolutionary Africobra Artists Wadsworth Jarrell and Barbara Jones Hogu. They believed that their art must communicate to its viewer a statement of truth, of action, of education, of conditions and the state of being an African American during that time. They spoke to and for blacks by expressing common thoughts, feelings, trials and tribulations that existed in the black community. There is a common thread inside of me to engage myself as an artist such as the artists I mentioned.