ARTIST STATEMENT

My artwork is an overview of the skills that I have garnered as a child and majored in as a undergraduate student. As a child I was involved heavily in extracurricular activities that involved fine arts. This experience was instilled early that eventually lead me to pursue a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. As I started working in Studio Art, I used materials such as gouache, oil pastels, charcoal and color pencils, but as technology grew, so did my mind. I ventured off using computer applications, such as Adobe Illustrator were I was able to create a new body of work outside of my Studio Arts. This skill allowed me to draw my illustrations from paper onto the computer, which was very new at the time.

My overall vision was very abstract and surreal at the time; I didn’t have a main subject until I started drawing illustrations on Adobe Illustrator. My work in the practice of Art History would be abstract expressionism and surrealism; this comes from an influence of artists at the time that peaked my interest. These artists were Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Ellsworth Kelly, and Alma Thomas. I believe Picasso’s cubism movement and Thomas’s abstraction can be juxtapose to what I was creating in color pencil and gouache. When viewing my art, I hope the viewer will interpret it as a premature version of myself. I was fresh out of high school, fairly new to Art History and Fine Arts, I knew that I wanted to work in the Arts but I didn’t know as I do now where my place should be.

Currently I have discontinued on creating art work, to focus more on a career in Art History. I am currently enrolled in a graduate program working on my Masters in Art History where I am focusing on African American art in the 1960s and 70s. My thesis will focus on this specific era according to the African American artists who were influenced by the current events around them at this time. As I work towards my thesis and career in Art History, I always keep my experiences and education in Fine Arts at hand, because in the end Fine Arts is my backbone in defining myself in Art History.