Location: San Francisco, California
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How did 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 whimsy.
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 Renaissance).
What unlocks your creativity?
My creativity is unlocked by observing people and looking at magazines.