A vision fulfilled 20 years later

A vision fulfilled 20 years later…

It all began with a grade school painting that I created when I was 10 years old. This piece, in particular, stood out as a special composition. My mother saved this childhood creation, among many others, as a reminder for me to keep striving toward my dream.

As a little girl, I always stated, “I’m going to be an artist when I grow up!” Although many have said this when they were young, I wholeheartedly believed that was my purpose. I never knew of, however, a living artist at the time. Of course, there are the legends like Picasso, Warhol, and Basquiat, but I did not see any representation of a Black female artist. Despite this fact, I continued to pursue my artistic dreams and even achieved high honors as a Master's student for my work.

Recreating my childhood piece 20 years later fulfilled a lifelong fantasy that I’ve always dreamed of creating. As a Black female artist, I am living a life many do not see as achievable or valid. This new painting is a reminder that I did not give up or lose sight of my calling or my gift. My hope for this artwork is to change the narrative that young, Black girls and boys can choose a creative path.

In the near future, my goal is to have a solo exhibition in the LA community of the artwork that I created during the pandemic. This exhibition will uplift our community, create dialogue, and most importantly inspire the next generation of artists.