“For My Girls” is a celebration of bold and expressive women and is influenced by 1990s female hip-hop artists. To translate this into photographic form, I start by creating highly active studio portraits of young women, style them appropriately and ask them to strike specific poses. Then I paint and draw on the actual photographic prints, producing a one-of-a-kind image.  Each subject determines the way I apply the paint, some strokes are aggressive and others are fluid. I hope that “For My Girls” will empower women as a whole to honor themselves as well as the women who inspire them.