Representation and Joy
Unveiling of Forward Together 1
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa
Celebrating our Shared Experiences
My pieces are a rewriting of the narrative to include Black people in the story in a way that doesn’t treat them as “othered” or “different,” but as an inextricable, necessary part of the experience of being alive, of being a member of a community. My paintings therefore are joyful and joy-filled-- a colorful, ecstatic representation of what it means to be human.
My latest series was inspired by my own experience with racism at a prominent tourist spot in 2021. I was told that Black people do not enjoy the beach for socioeconomic reasons and that segregation in the south was a myth. Further, I was told that Black people certainly do not make art about it. In response, I developed the Forward Together series.
I am now accepting commissions for this series. All paintings are designed for their display pieces.
Forward Together 2: REFLECTIONS ON
Center for Cultural Arts, Gifted Students,
and Literacy Innovation
St. Petersburg, FL
A yearbook page reimagined to highlight the changes in our school community over time.
I worked with school administration and the parent-teacher organization to create this piece that focuses on representation and joy. Doing so was an opportunity for me to contribute to a community that values diversity and positivity. Drawing inspiration from a yearbook page, I wanted to capture the energy and enthusiasm of young students and create a piece that would inspire them to see themselves represented in a positive light. Through my artwork, I hope to promote creativity, encourage self-expression, and foster a sense of belonging for all students.
The piece hangs in the main rotunda welcoming students, staff, and visitors to this special school in St. Pete's South Side, a historically Black area. The piece was unveiled and installed during Black History Month 2023.
Students visiting with the artist
Students visiting with a class during Black History Month.