I was born on March 12, 1968 on the south side of Chicago. Some say being born left handed contributes to my natural talent to create. When asked who inspires me, several artists come to mind, Ernie Barnes and his depiction of African American culture in vibrant color and earth tones to Salvatore Dali and the way he plays on the conscious and subconscious. Most of my inspiration and structure come from my upbringing; having a parent and 2 older siblings who are also extremely gifted helped to pave the way for me to become the artist that I am. One of the first techniques I developed was shading and highlighting, discovering how to use light, shadow, shade and color through a heavy or light handed stroke to convey stories of happiness, sadness, good times and bad. The last 15 years I have worked in ink, pencil, water colors and pastels but oils is my current choice of mediums because of how versatile and creative it allows me to be.
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