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Photography by Josh Norris

I paint images primarily in acrylics, powders, watercolors, pencils and collage. I find that working with this unique palette offers faster drying times, enabling me to overlay color in one painting session, giving the work its tapestry-like background. I often incorporate found objects into my paintings, such as coins from around the world, specialty papers, magazine print and interesting treasures I find on the street. Even my nearly discarded paintings are given new life and recycled into newer works of art, thus creating texture and dimension.

As for my training, I am self taught and merely a vessel being utilized to instinctively create narrative, sentiment and observation. Why I’ve been chosen, I know not, nonetheless, I am humbled by this gift.

The visions that you see before you are the result of internal communication that require expressions of acceptance, pride, adoration and dignity. In creating these images I have come to appreciate that artists have been granted diverse narratives, meaning each artist has his/her own voice. Art expresses itself and when it moves the heart and awakens the spirit, it makes no distinction as to its originator.

Hometown: Daughter of Greenville , S. C.

Years in Art : Since 1991

Influence: The desire to create positive images of color, embracing individual diversity, inner spirituality and natural God given beauty

Education: Folk Artist


  • Avisca Fine Art, Marietta , GA


  • Barnes and Noble, NY
  • The Judith Roth Collection, NJ
  • McDonald's 365 Black
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McDougal Littell's Literature (Grade 9), Evanston IL
  • Lang Holding, Inc. Delafield, WI
  • Image Conscious, San Francisco , CA
  • Doll Graphics, Louisville, KY
  • Virginia Union University, VA
  • Mega Mentors Fine Art Show, VA
  • Harlem Fine Art Show , NY
  • Black Fine Art Show, NY
  • Hampton University Museum, VA
  • Morris Museum of Art, GA
  • Spartanburg County Museum, SC
  • Pickens Museum, SC
  • Greenville Museum, SC

Media Exposure

  • KC Undercover, Disney - 2015
  • Addicted -2014
  • First Sunday - 2008
  • East of the River (DC Magazine) April 2011
  • Unveiled Purpose, 2011
  • Upscale Magazine- June 2009
  • Essence Magazine- July 2009
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • BET, 106 & Park
  • Talk Magazine
  • The Greenville Journal
  • Impressions, A PBS-TV Broadcast: Art Education Program
  • Greenville News Artist Spotlight

Public Collections

  • Atlanta Housing Authority, GA
  • Women's Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University
  • English Department, Vanderbilt University
  • Erskine University Museum Collection
  • CWI Benefits-Managemed
  • The Divinity School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
  • VCU Medical Center

Private Collections

  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Denene Millner/Nick Chiles
  • S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Jesse L. Martin
  • Tonya Pinkins
  • Shaun Robinson
  • Honorable Ruth Simmons
  • Honorable Andrew Young

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