"Art allows me to express what's important to me. Women, and children are so essential to our world! Without them, we'd be lost. African American women are the backbone of the family and her ability to nurture her offspring wisely, patiently, and intelligently, makes her a great contributor to society.
Mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, oil, and pencil work, has allowed me to create freely and creatively. I also enjoy working with natural fibers in the creation of baskets.
I draw strength from the works of various artists. I admire the works of Jacob Lawrence, Henri Matisse, Picasso, Romare Bearden, Jonathan Green, Leroy Campbell, and Mary Whyte, because they're able to tell powerful stories with a simple subject.
My art is uniquely inspired by my own personal story, and the stories told to me by my grandmother.
My goal, and objective, as an artist, is to get more visibility, and to hang on the walls of as many establishments as possible.
I enjoy using color and design as a way to bring strength and dignity to my subject!
Generally, I start each painting with a sketch of some sort, followed by an under painting. I choose a background color, and then begin laying the foundation for the painting. At times, I just go with the flow and the strong inspiration I'm feeling at that moment, and put paint to canvas!
My art evokes hope! My art evokes strength, It will make you think, and it may even make you smile.
When I think about artists from the past, Henri Matisse comes to mind. He gives me the courage to use patterns and colors. Matisse was also a Print Maker and a Sculptor. This inspires me to create in various areas of the arts. Pablo Picasso gives me just enough edge to break the mold and be creative with color, shapes, and facial features. His ability to create art in various styles has inspired me to be open minded. He was not afraid to use color or to give a different perspective on something familiar."