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ARTIST STATEMENT

Religion and art have been predominant factors in my life. Through my work, I synthesize these areas 1) to inspire the souls of humankind; 2) to remind viewers that we are made in God’s image; and 3) to demonstrate that we have the power to effect change: change the world that we live in, change who we are as individuals and change people’s lives. Through my work I seek to cultivate an image that expresses my deep spiritual conviction; it is not meant to offend but to display the respect and humility for others that has been engrained in my head as well as in my heart.

My creativity is nourished by my desire to stimulate and understand the contrast between the profane and the sacred.

My artistic theme is a deep respect, love and appreciation for women and their form. This stems from being raised with, by and among women: a single mother in a small town in Virginia and an older sister. Through my images

I attempt to convey a message that is clean and pure in stark contrast to our unclean and un-pure world.

My current expression of feminine beauty and goodness is a series consisting of a pregnant woman (entitled The Road to Zion). Each scene depicts the woman in a framed moment in time, and variations in color enhance each piece. These variations, enhanced by my purposeful brush strokes, reveal a range of human emotions felt by the woman herselfand, in turn, the woman’s portrait should evoke an emotional response in the hearts of onlookers. Although, my creations are ultimately my strongest vehicle of change, I find it undoubtedly necessary to have a hand in helping to change the world by impacting young people’s lives. For the past few years I have assisted in instructing art class for the Mill Creek Community Partnership in addition to mentoring young men who have found their creative niche in the world but are still combating everyday life growing up in urban Philadelphia. 

My studies at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C and later at Saint Joseph’s University (Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts) have solidified what I have known throughout my life: that my artistic purposemy destinyis to use my God- given talent to help better humankind. If I can move or inspire others through my art, by enhancing and deepening their vision of others, I have done what I am here to do as an artist. Currently, most of my work is acrylic on canvas. However, to put my artistic vision into form, I use whatever medium is available to me at the moment in time when I am enlightened, including, but not limited to, wood planks, paper, vinyl, Plexiglas, or dry-wall. Artists like Basquiat and Pollack influence my erratic and primitive style. My work has even been described as aggressive.

In my works I hope to remind people of the romanticism that is life; that everything is NOT as bad as it seems; that there is still hope, and that we can make a difference. It is not too late to be inspired. It is not too late to make a change. It is not too late to follow your dreams ....

 

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