Contemporary Artwork

   Each painting I create is concept driven and reflects a certain moral solution that I seek to speak on in society. My art practice takes on social commentary, and  critiquing perceptions of black culture. Stereotypes and myths are challenged in my work; I create a dialogue between the ideas of race, identity, social climates, and conscious thinking by addressing visual literacy in the form of cultural portraits. My work challenges the notion of social norms—making room for urban intellectuals of color who are not included in this definition.

Process

   I start with a concept that speaks to a specific narrative or idea that I want to portray, the process concludes with using acrylic paint and occasionally mixed mediums, I block out silhouette outlines of the figure or object with gradually adding shadows and highlights and adjusting midtones to  achieve a realistic quality. I often approach my paintings in an illustrative manner in order to tell a story through supporting symbols and elements.