you become a designer/artist?
My art reflects my fascination with
the "jazz scenes" of Kansas City,
New York and Paris during the 1920's through
the 1940's. My art celebrates the essence of
jazz music, ranging from somber to spirited.
This spirit of jazz is expressed through my
visions of everyday jazz musicians and individuals,
revealing personal reflections, character, and
My images further express my interest in the
aesthetics of the 1920's and the cultural expansion
of the "jazz age". The Harlem Renaissance,
art deco, and jazz music created a vibrant and
rich palette from which I draw inspiration.
Historically, I view the "jazz age"
as a creative endeavor towards equality. The
jazz music and art of the 1920's-1940's integrated
women and men from various cultural and ethnic
backgrounds; uniting them through a common love
of music, dancing, writing, art, and the spirit
of the times. My art communicates my love of
jazz and art, while aspiring to continue this
legacy of transcending cultural and racial limitations.
What are you doing now?
I am a painter (artist) for a living.
What are your plans for the future?
To become a "famous" artist.
What American artist inspires you most?
William H. Johnson (he painted during the Harlem
What unlocks your creativity?
My creativity is unlocked by observing people
and looking at magazines.