When did you first know you were going to be an artist? I have always been a creative person and knew since I was in high school that I wanted to pursue a career in the arts. However, I didn’t know what field exactly. I decided to study various disciplines within studio art while in undergrad, which ultimately led me to focus on painting. One, because of my strong interest in it and two, it felt the most natural to me.
What is it about hair that drew in your interest? Hair is versatile, be it in texture or style. Hair is an outlet for self-expression. It is also something that we interact with frequently in our daily lives.
Who are the subjects in your paintings? The subjects in my paintings are those from my community, family, and friends.
These works depict the process and results of protective hairstyles, a big element of black female identity. Can you talk about the importance of creating more representation? Realistic and positive representation is important because it helps to show individuality within diversity. The subjects in my paintings are real people that have different experiences, cultures, and ideologies. Which may not always be represented in mainstream media outlets.