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My Story

The Other Art Fair May 2023

How I Began My Art Journey

"Hi Friend! Have you ever had a love for something but couldn't fathom that dream becoming a reality? Well, that was definitely the case for me.

My journey from my hometown in Kansas City to Dallas County has been a winding road, marked by diverse experiences and unexpected turns. Initially, like many, I subscribed to the notion that art was merely a hobby, not a viable career path. Consequently, I pursued different professions, often feeling unfulfilled and undervalued.

However, a pivotal moment came in 2014 when I found myself laid off. It was then that I returned to my first career in cosmetology and reignited my passion for painting. To my surprise, my skills had not diminished over the years; instead, they had matured and flourished. I delved into the world of acrylic painting, drawn to its rapid drying time and versatility.

My artistic journey is characterized by vibrancy, texture, and a deep commitment to representation. Through my paintings, I aim to capture the essence of black women - their strength, resilience, and cultural heritage. Utilizing a range of brushes and palette knives, I create depth and detail, infusing each piece with a sense of empowerment and relatability.

A defining aspect of my work is the incorporation of African wax print fabric into some of my mixed media pieces. This addition not only adds visual interest but also serves as a powerful symbol of my Afrocentric roots and identity.

As life unfolds, my creativity continues to evolve, reflecting the ebb and flow of personal experiences. It is immensely gratifying to witness the impact of my art on those who encounter it, particularly women who find resonance and validation in my representations.

In essence, my art is not just a means of expression; it is a platform for cultural celebration, empowerment, and connection. I am deeply committed to ensuring that every brushstroke contributes to a narrative of authenticity and inclusivity, where every woman sees herself reflected and celebrated.

 

Thank you for allowing me to share my journey and passion with you.

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