I am an artist and an educator. I create murals, contemporary paintings and mixed-media collage / assemblage. While my paintings are generally figurative and stylistic, my collage / assemblage work is more expressive and symbolic - embellished with photographs, jewelry, decorative paper and a variety of found objects and materials. Although these creative styles may at first appear to be in contradiction to each other, they are linked together by subject matter. By often referencing the African American diaspora, my work is a visual narrative that explores the ongoing social, political and economic challenges of blacks in America. My projects are compositions created in multiple series which may differ in media and technique, yet center around specific themes. One reoccurring theme throughout my work is music. It is through music that the hopes dreams and aspirations of African Americans are often expressed, packaged and communicated first in the black community, then to the world. My goal is to create artwork that critically engages the public to examine the complex realities of African-Americans and the opportunities for change these issues create.