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ARTIST STATEMENT

As an artist and visual culturalist, my art is personal and humanistic, encompassing social, political and spiritual frameworks as prisms from life experiences. I am intent on dispensing information as an underlying part of my artistic expression. My collages and assemblages directly confront viewers, immediately and holistically engaging them in a visual discourse.

My draftsmanship of narrative figurative realism is influenced by master draftsmen Charles White and John Biggers. My use of assemblage and collage is influenced by German photomontage artist John Heartfield, Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, and the Los Angeles assemblage movement of the 1960s and 70s of which Black artists were at the center.

I also incorporate digital media in my compositions. In combining these mediums, I have created a singular style, which defies categorization, yet is both cutting-edge and traditional. I seek to evolve traditional art forms with a digital collaboration by creating compositions that visually change perceptions and inspire dialogue within and beyond the diaspora. I focus on aesthetic quality of technique in my use of traditional and multi-media.

My art is the result of a creative continuum—eternal expressions in artistic terms, and human interactions in realistic terms—of human life experiences, through a diasporic and universal lens.