My art is about the power of people. Our resilience in the face of struggle. Our unity in the face of adversity.
Growing up in New Orleans and witnessing firsthand the catastrophic forces of Katrina and its aftermath has profoundly shaped the path of my artistry. I’m committed to the ways art transforms communities. Art, to me, is a way of life. I embrace creative expression for its ability to help us learn about one another, and feel empowered to make change. Art can bridge race, age, geography and language. Art is the power of people.
I mostly paint, but my art often has a sculptural quality and an element of craft. I use found objects when they have significance because I enjoy the idea of art as artifact, as historical record. In my manipulation of the paint medium, I use loose lines and free strokes of color but tightly render specific shapes, lines or edges. I cover paper with sticks and leaves, spray-paint over them, and remove the debris to leave amorphous shadows. I enjoy what chance brings to my artwork. I sharpen certain elements to create depth and draw attention to small details, but I like my art to remain as raw and vibrant as the world I see around me.
I am the Gallery Director of Big Umbrella Studios. My goal is to further my own artistic practice, while sharing in a collective experience with the other Resident Artists here. I believe Big Umbrella Studios can become a living, breathing organism of artistic creation, appreciation, and collaboration in the Western Addition.
I am also the Health Education through Art Program Director of the Mural Music & Arts Project, an organization whose mission is to educate, empower and inspire youth through participation in the arts.
I graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology.