What made you move to Washington D.C.?
I grew up in the D.C. area and moved to Los Angeles, where I lived for about 8 years. I’m currently going through a divorce and decided to return to Washington DC. Coming back home was unexpected, but necessary. By being home, I have the opportunity to dedicate more time to developing my artistry, which has served as therapy. It’s helped my healing process. D.C. has an incredibly rich and diverse appreciation of all cultures. I think that art is more appreciated and recognised here than in other parts of the United States. Being surrounded by such an environment during this chapter of my life is a real privilege.
How do you manage to be an artist, a marketing consultant and a mother, all at once?
The only way I’m managing my time is by the grace of God. It’s challenging to keep pushing through the hard days. What helps me is keeping a focus on my goals for the future.
What inspired your career? Is there anything, or anyone that’s personally influenced you?
I identify with Queen Idia. She was a prominent ruler of the ancient Kingdom of Benin. She was a warrior queen and I have painted several iterations of her. Her story and greatness inspired me to realise that as a woman of African descent, I carry the same power and strength within me.
My abilities and natural talent have inspired my journey into painting. But I’ve only started taking art as a serious commitment in the past year. Nowadays, I’m working daily on toning my voice as an artist. I challenge myself to create pieces that will inspire my audience and bring love, joy and light to everyone who views them.
“Queen Idia helped me realise that as a woman of African descent I carry power and strength within me.”