My father was an inquisitive and kind man who gave me many gifts. Through observations and our long talks I learned the powerful art of resilience. It is a theme that reverberates throughout my work and life.
Influenced by the country's social instability and racial divide, my paintings are visual narratives on race and the fragility of human connections. The artworks are a vehicle to express vulnerability, self-worth and expectations in relationships. During the Pandemic, we have had time to absorb the newly signed laws that further restrict voting rights. As our government continues to pull to the right of justice, I am driven to explore inequality in my artworks. When we stand up as one we strengthen those whose human rights have been disregarded for too long.
Adding texture to the surface of the canvas, then distressing with e-acto knives and nails is symbolic of the physical and emotional distress inflicted on black people. Through my paintings, I explore social injustices and give a voice to generations of people whose lives have been affected by systematic racism.
"Resilient" is a series of mixed media paintings that are a uplifting counter balance to the human rights issues addressed in many of my artworks.
Incorporating found objects and ephemera adds personal context of women's shared experiences. Several of the artworks with couples represent a time in my life when I questioned my standing in a relationship and the power play of give and take.
Elements of race, gender and relationships are portrayed as fragmented and sometimes disparate with recognizable eyes staring back at the viewer. This body of work similarly echoes themes of uncertainty. The current social climate where we are acutely aware of, and often tormented by our present selves, begs us to consider the vast and unknowable potentials of our futures.
I studied art at the State University of New Paltz, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. Raised in Hartsdale, New York, I divide my time between NYC and Richmond, Virginia.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019-2021
Crossroads Arts Center, Juried show, Nov-Jan.2021, Richmond, VA
Richmond Art Garage, "Spirituality", Sept.2021, Richmond, VA
Suntrust Center, "Summertime", July-Aug. 2021, Richmond, VA
Glenmore Yoga, "Serenity", May-June 2021, Virginia
Art Against Racism, Virtual-International 2021
The Well Art Gallery, The Many Faces of the Black Woman, March 2021
BLM RVA Art 2021, Regional Group, February 2021
TheWell Art Gallery, Domestic Warfare, February 2021
The Highpoint Gallery, East Wing 9 paintings, January-April 2021
Art on the Ave NYC, Nov-January 2021, New York City
Crossroads Gallery, Juried Show, Nov-Dec.2020, Richmond, VA, Awarded 3rd Place
Sun Trust Gallery, Nov-Dec-2020, Richmond,VA
Virginia Beach Art Center, Virginia is for Artists, Oct. 2020, Virginia Beach
XGallery of Harlem, Awareness through Conceptual Art and Photography, Sept. 2020
The Highpoint Gallery, "What We May Be", March-October 2020, Richmond,VA
The Well Art Gallery, "Black History Now", February 2020, Group Show, Richmond, VA
Art Design Style, Nov. 2019, Richmond, VA
Mobelux, Art Design Style, Sept.2019, Richmond, VA
Weinstein JCC , June 2019 Richmond, VA
Radius 250, Juror Eric Walton, Artspace, 2019 , Richmond, VA
Gallery Edit, "Waiting" 2019: Group show 2019, Richmond, VA