“Every person has a “story”, and my story is through my art.”
I grew up in a household that could be considered uncommon in today’s society. A suburban girl living in a household with both parents who have been married 25+ years. I spent my youngest years (6 yrs old) watching and drawing with my mother, who instilled the basic drawing skills that I still use to this day, and I spent my adolescent years watching and cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit with my father, who still lectures me on what it means to be a BOSS.
My passion for art became non existent as I became older. I had always been a pretty recluse person, and hadn’t really experienced “life” in the sense of being social enough to grasp the idea of interacting with the world without feeling anxious or overwhelmed. I struggled with expressing myself and articulating my emotions through words and found that through art, it was possible. After 10 years of abandoning my gift…I was at one of the lowest points of my life. Internalizing everything and not having an outlet effected me mentally and physically. That moment led me back to what I knew best.
In order to release all the turmoil I held inside for so long, I tried my hand at abstract expressionism. That was the start of a reintroduction to my passion for art. I was able to express with paint what I couldn’t with my words. It helped heal parts of me I didn’t know needed healing. I struggled in silence with my mental health for so long, and I finally found my peace. I found my purpose, and I wanted to spread that to others.
In today’s climate with social media and the news depicting people of color in a negative light, senseless killings, unjust acts of violence, and racism rearing its ugly head, it seems as if the world is going through a regression. A lot of the stereotypes and negative ideologies of people of color saturate social platforms, television, news, and more. Frankly, I could no longer take it, and realized the toll it takes on the self -esteem and self worth of p.o.c from a very young age. Being exposed to the stereotypical imagery and representation of people who look like us and alway having a negative connotation attached to the color of our skin can be detrimental before we even reach an age where we sbegin to value our self worth and love for ourselves. This led me to create positive, powerful, and inspirational images back into the world. I want us to see ourselves in a positive and magical way., because we are beautiful, we are smart, we are talented, we are strong, we are resilient, we are influential, we are honorable, and we are WORTHY.