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  1. Nina Simone

    Nina Simone

    2012 wood, twigs, paint, sheet music, headphones, fishing line, found objects 48″ x 36″ x 2.25″ Learn More

  2. Neighborhood Series of Drawings Wheatpaste

    Neighborhood Series of Drawings Wheatpaste

    Located on the side of The Green Line Cafe 4239 Baltimore Ave. Philadelphia, PA Learn More
  3. Bald Eagle State Forest Campground 7

  4. Original Watercolor Sketch of Kelly Drive Turning Green

    Original Watercolor Sketch of Kelly Drive Turning Green

    2015 watercolor 8.5" x 11" View from my eyes Learn More

  5. The visual rhythms and overall movement in this painting is inspired by Burlesque & Drag Show performers

    Pusse Parlor‬ Painting

    2015 oil based house paint on canvas 48″ x 36″ x 2.25″ The visual rhythms and overall movement in this painting was inspired by the Spring 2015 Pusse Parlor‬ Burlesque & Drag Show in Philadelphia. Special thanks to Miss Gemini Rose and Icon Ebony Fierce for inviting me to paint live. Learn More
  6. Original Self-Portrait: Framed

    Original Self-Portrait: Framed

    2010 17.5″ x 13″ Natural light weight wood frame: 19.45" x 25" Salt, oil, and rubbing alcohol don't mix well with watercolors. This experiment left behind interesting organic textures through out this painting. Sections of my hair and skin were created with a very thin brush, dotting to form the shapes and adding in water to achieve a gradient back into the white page. Learn More

  7. Aqua Painting of Jaden Smith: Thugs Don't Cry

    Aqua Painting of Jaden Smith: Thugs Don't Cry

    2015 watercolor and ink pen 8.5″ x 8.5″ Jaden Smith's instagram is far out but entertaining. He posted a selfie of him cryingone day, and the next post he has a straight facial expression with the caption "Thugs Don't Cry". I'm grateful Jaden re-posted this study of him: I hope that in the future he'll give the artists he shares credit. :-) I just want the credit where's it's due Learn More

  8. bringing more awareness to marginalized groups in Philadelphia, including youth faced with housing insecurity

    Journey 2 Home

    In the summer of 2014 I served as Assistant Artist on The Mural Arts Program’s Journey2Home construction: a vibrant collection of murals and interactive installations focused on bringing more awareness to marginalized groups in Philadelphia, including youth faced with housing insecurity, incarcerated adults, and women recovering from domestic violence. Managed by Shari Hersh and Julius Ferraro, Journey2Home positions local artists as social advocates and catalysts for positive change. Lead Artists Shira Walinsky and Ernel Martinez collaborated to design the two murals and an interactive mobile house made from a large shipping container. Every 2nd Friday of the month the doors of the shipping container were open to the public to serve as a safe haven and gathering space where service providers could offer resources for those in need of legal services, council, or assistance finding shelter, job, and food. Read more about Journey2Home and the stories of its creators at Visit 42nd Street and Lancaster Ave in West Philly to experience the work in person. Learn More
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    Landscape Painting of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River Trail

    2014 watercolor 8.5" x 11.375" I absolutely love spending time with nature. Walking through the grass and observing this scenery left me feeling great. Learn More

  10. Oil Painting of Governor Chris Christie

    Chris Christie

    2014 oil paint on canvas 30″ x 40″ x .75″ To summarize a story by Paulo Coelho: One morning I walked down to city hall to listen to the Governor address the people. I overheard the woman next to me say that the Devil gave the Governor his power. On my way home I walked past a new skyline under construction. One of the workers started up a conversation with me about how this rich woman was financing most of new developments down town. He mentioned his beliefs that the Devil had a hand in her success. A few days later I managed to meet the Devil and I asked him if he would make me powerful, rich, and beautiful like he had done for celebrities, billionaires, and political leaders. The Devil replied “To be honest with you, I don’t have the power to make any of that happen. You've been listening to the views of those who are trying to promote me.” Learn More

  11. Living Our Dreams Creating Our Future

    Living Our Dreams Creating Our Future

    In the summer of 2011 volunteers and members of the North Philadelphia neighborhoods came together to paint a mural at the Cecil B Moore Recreation Center Playground at 22nd and Lehigh Avenue. This grass roots project began with childhood friend, Teyona Jackson, who met a group of girls called the P.I.N.K. Ladies at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she gave educational tours. They invited her to their Recreation Center where she felt inspired by the positive energy involved in the youth mentorship program. Interested in pursuing Arts Management, Jackson used this opportunity to engage her skillset. She pulled together sponsors for supplies and invited me on the team as Lead Artist. Seeking to build trust and respect with the residents of the area we focused on the use of educational workshops, meetings at the community center, and social networking to ensure participation toward this mural’s success. The community’s ideas stimulated discussion and interaction among the neighborhood and a consensus was reached about the mural’s theme. Working with the guidelines to incorporate singer and song writer Jill Scott in the mural who grew up around this area along with some of the children’s recreational activities at the playground the mural design was brought to life. I wish to provide the possibility for more people to have pride toward their public art and I appreciate everyone that came out to help build this mural. The wide range of stories, emotions and walks of life I observed converging at the recreation center playground will now have more to admire about their environment. This work of art draws attention to universal human commonalities and helps make sense of our motives and how we relate to each other. The key to my philosophy is that we can all use critical thinking to connect and help each other create something larger than ourselves. My goal for this mural project is to inspire others as my mentors did for me. Over the course of 14 weeks our education team brought on friends DonChristian Jones, Eve Hall, Kanids Hutcherson, and Lanita Sims as assistant artists and dedicated supporters. Painting directly on the wall was a challenge because of graffiti, so we decided to paint indoors and hang the mural on the wall upon completion so that the community can see the big picture all at once. With high standards for visual clarity the team mixed a variety of vibrant paint colors and researched efficient use of materials to proceed. Projecting digital figures onto scaled parachute cloth we developed a paint-by-numbers aesthetics in hopes of combing all proficiency levels and increase observations from collaborative learning as various volunteers were be able to tackle more complex problems. We overcame the obstacle of acquiring insurance and funding for scaffolding. Realizing the lack of time and financial resources our prevail was to carefully use tall ladders to help prime and paste the mural onto the 21ft tall by 73ft wide wall. I find it interesting that the style of the mural is unique compared to most murals around Philadelphia. I am inspired at what a small group of dedicated individuals can accomplish. Follow this link to watch the making of the mural Learn More
  12. The Reclined Nude Male

    Jean-Michel Basquiat

    2014 watercolor 11″ x 15.5″ "I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is." "We have no visual vocab for the reclined male nude, on display for the viewer's "consumption." Intended or not, your excellent watercolor brings it to light. Brava!!" -Lisa Norris: Art History and Gender Studies Professor at Kutztown University Learn More
  13. Paulo Coelho

    Paulo Coelho

    2014 watercolor 15.5″ x 11″ Black Wood Frame 20" x 16", acid free white matting, and acrylic plexiglass included in price I'm going to use the proceeds from selling this artwork to purchase more of Paulo Coelho's books. "When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream." -Author of The Alchemist, Brida, The Winner Stands Alone, etc... Learn More

  14. artwork inspired by young Maya Angelou laying on a bed in a photo taken backstage during a Porgy and Bess performance

    Maya Angelou

    2014 watercolor 11″ x 15.5″ Black Wood Frame 16" x 20", acid free white matting, and acrylic plexiglass included in price "Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size. But when I start to tell them, they think I'm telling lies. I say, it's in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride of my step, the curl of my lips. I'm a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me." Learn More

  15. impressionist oil painting


    2012 oil painted with palette knife on canvas 20″ x 16″ x .75″ Learn More

  16. vibrant Michael Jackson painting

    Michael Jackson

    2012 string, clothes, paint, candle wicks, headphones, found objects 48″ x 36″ x 11″ Learn More

  17. Malcolm X Interior Wheatpaste

    Malcolm X Interior Wheatpaste

    Located inside my living-room Learn More

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There is so much to see and learn about, and for that my passions are extremely charged and my artworks are the by-product of my consciousness. Similar to a public diary entry, each installation reveals pieces of an evolving story. For me, art is a catharsis.


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Overflowing with color, energy, and optimism: I’m a social activist and proud Kutztown University alumni immersed in community building and entrepreneurship. Philly Voice’s Historic Philadelphia Ten- a selection of 10 women making bold statements through art. 


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