In a world that romanticizes Eurocentricity, I craft vibrant portraits of black faces with exaggerated features, big hair, and joyful expressions. This playful approach is my way of celebrating black culture; inspiring happiness, comfort, and sometimes laughter - all those warm and fuzzy feelings.
Although I sometimes use ink, acrylic paint, and watercolor pencils to accentuate my art, I work primarily with watercolor paint. Watercolor is an opaque, water-based paint with beautiful, fluid movement that almost comes alive when you put brush to paper. It can't always be precisely controlled, but to me, that's part of its allure.
I believe "Black Joy" is its own unique form of resistance, and that is what I choose to focus on through my artwork. My paintings are fun, light-hearted, whimsical, and at times, offbeat. When I paint, my goal is always to highlight the beauty in “blackness” and the black experience while keeping the subjects relatable and warm.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher