As an Alaskan native, partially raised in Chicago, Illinois., I draw from a wide resource of experience, insight and connection in doing what I believe that I was born to do…creating to express myself and tangibly convey my perceptions. I make art in many variations because it brings me awesome joy, solace and satisfaction.
Along my journey, I have come to be an award-winning, self-taught interdisciplinary artist practising prolifically in the visual and literary arts. A passionate creative, I am a committed activist and have created several groups that focus on inclusiveness and fellowship in the visual arts realm as a result of experiences of overt exclusion in the Midwest. I have also lectured at a number of prominent institutions in relation to the impressively large but marginalized treasure of Artists’ of Color that reside and create in Indiana.
My visual creative research explores subjects of the Divine Feminine in lushly rich 2-dimensional, and complex organic, ethereal 3-dimensional forms from the perspective of contemporary women of color and their ancestral, spiritual connectivity within the context of African and Afro-Latin Diasporic cultures. This work is highly influenced by social issues, colorism, identity nuances, stereotypical assumptions, indigenous wisdom’s- folklore, nature, memory…ritual, myth and magic, depicting allegorical females in a state of self-discovery, insight, mystery, empowerment and affirmation. I facilitate this utilizing traditional and unconventional media and materials “steel to stone – paint to paper.” My artworks have been exhibited internationally and are held in private and corporate collections.
I am a published journalist, arts editor, author and poet, and I identify as being an independent AFROLatino bohemian Woman spirit.
As Founder, Independent Curator for the annual “FLAVA FRESH ! ” Juried, Art Exhibition Presentation Series, I present the grassroots Indianapolis based platform as part of my mission to bring about a greater awareness, appreciation, inspiration, support, development and exposure for visual artists; especially those newly- discovered, underrepresented, marginalized, emerging and early-career through art institutions, corporate art and/or commercial fine art gallery venues. The Series has received honors and has been a highly anticipated community program that has thrived and grown exponentially for nearly two decades. The Series was originally entitled “Celebration of Spirit,” and was re-named over fifteen years ago.