Artist Statement

 I paint and draw on top of my photographic portraits to form spaces where women feel protected, loved and respected. Within these methods I am also discovering new ways to express black womanhood. Growing up in the suburbs of Minnesota I often felt limited by definitions of what it meant to be black and a woman. As I got older I found myself using fashion and hairstyling as a way to push past those limitations. I often style the clothing of women that I photograph and/or paint a unique hairstyle to further emphasize the statement of the artwork. Through manipulation of my images I am creating super heroine characters based on the subjects unique physical qualities and my imagination. I hope that my work will inspire women to live boldly and confidently from the inside out.