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Biography

Biography

I was born in Newark, NJ, raised in Brooklyn, NY and reside in West Orange, NJ for over 20 years. I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember. As a young girl I watched my father paint and create works of art which inspired my curiosity.  I was  awarded a one-year scholarship to study at The Brooklyn Museum of Art which was an amazing experience.  I went on to study media art for advertising at The School of Visual Arts in NYC which led to a career in Art Directing in one of the world's leading ad agencies, J. Walter Thompson, USA. I gained invaluable skills from photo shoots, working on print and TV ads for Fortune 500 accounts and from working with the best in the industry. 

 

I left the advertising world in the mid 90's to focus on my family and worked as a freelance graphic designer while also selling and promoting my own original art.  Today, I continue to grow as an artist with continued art courses and lots of self-taught experiences.

 

My art is inspired by my love of nature, music and movement.  My painting style is best be described as abstract expressionism and Afro-folk.  I admire the works of artists; Matisse, Pollock, Rothko, O’Keeffe, and Kooning, to name but a few.  

 
I've exhibited at various art venues and galleries and have been a featured solo artist in several exhibits. One of my most noteworthy creations is a permanent installation, commissioned by The Africana Institute at the Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey.  Learn more
 

I'm an active community artist, volunteer and member of several art organizations.  I am Co-founder and facilitator of an artist discussion group, Creative Connection. I am the former Chair of the West Orange Arts Council and currently a Mayoral assigned Board member. My focus these days is on bringing creative and cultural awareness to my community and helping others to express their hidden creativity.

 

 

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