Spotlight: Hiding in Plain Sight
I create art to inspire change. I draw inspiration from artists whose creations are a means to construct dialogue around taboo topics. My art is focused on societal issues that are expressed through painting.
Hiding in Plain Sight is a body of work that documents the people of our century, in order for future generations to have an understanding of our present-day experiences. These portraits represent the urban community, a group of people who have been historically omitted from the artistic realm, whether in museums, galleries, or dialogue. These paintings are about presence, acknowledging African Americans of the past by showcasing the African Americans of the present, amplifying a voice through portraiture that has been suppressed for generations.
My subjects come from various sources. Whether I am at a grocery store shopping, traveling to different states, or just going to an event, I’m talking and engaging with the people who occupy those spaces.