I personally have developed a strong interest in African history and culture. I like to learn the African ways of life before slavery occurred, back when Africans were kings and queens and gods and goddesses. I have a more specific interest in the image of the black women and how our natural beauty was once praised. I really like to empower black women, and others that do it, in knowing how beautiful and powerful we truly are. My main focus is culturism, with a focus on African traditions of dressing (head wraps, scarves, tribal prints), naturally looking (kinky hair, different skin tones, full lips and body).
One artist that I am greatly inspired by is the well known tattoo artist, Miya Bailey, from Atlanta, Georgia. He has tattooed many famous models, actresses, and singers. Though, I’m a fan of his tattoos, I believe his paintings and drawings are far better. His work usually shows tribal prints, Egyptian symbols and figures, and depictions of nude and/or royal black women.
Another artist that I am inspired by is Mickalene Thomas who is a New York-based artist known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics. Her depictions of African American women explore notions of black female celebrity and identity while romanticizing ideas of femininity and power
I am also very interested in the problems of today’s society. I always look into issues such as the troubles of the government, miseducation, technology, ethics, etc. I’ve always had a sensitive heart to the issues that many overlook and feel that many can be solved by just passing knowledge to those around you.
One artist that I am inspired by is the Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski. He uses satire in his art work to portray problem in today’s social, political, and cultural reality. Many of his works show the dysfunction in the government, vanity, poverty, etc. I hope to one day be able to create artwork that exposes people to reality and better ways of life.