Tortured Mind (Private Thoughts Series)
Date: June, 2014
Medium: Oil Paint on Canvas
Brief Description: This painting deals with the recent attacks against our nations schools.
Portrayal (Other Side of the Rainbow Series)
Date: March, 2013
Medium: Oil Paint on Panel
Brief Description: This painting deals with the ways both Gays and African Americans have been traditionally portrayed in the media.
The Other Side of the Rainbow Series
This body of work explores the idea that the Gay rights movement is a modern day civil rights movement. Both African Americans and Gay Americans have been marginalized as second class citizens, unworthy of having equal rights. African American Gay males unfortunately bear the burden of both group’s struggles and at times its difficult to tell whether their being discriminated against for being gay or being black. My work seeks to link the inequalities that both African Americans and Gays face in their pursuit for equality, by depicting stories of Black Gay men. In this series viewers can expect to see gay black men experience hardships due to their black identity, gay identity, or both. My goal is for viewers to take a critical look at the struggles of both groups and question whether they have done all they can to show sensitivity to these struggles. I am also hopeful that my African American audience, some of whom are intolerant of homosexuality, will also make these connections and ultimately make a conscious effort to be more understanding toward the gay struggle.
Private Thoughts Series
This series is entitled “Private Thoughts”. This collection of paintings depicts the deepest and most sacred thoughts individuals tend to hide from others. Thoughts of revenge, anger, jealousy, lust, and loneliness are hidden from view behind the walls of our minds. Social norms often dictate that these types of thoughts be kept hidden, or tucked away in shame. Through this series, I wanted to expose these thoughts and challenge the viewer to see the commonalities behind what individuals think. If we knew that others felt and thought like ourselves, we may be less likely to judge. We may also be inclined to accept that our thoughts do more to bond us, than they do to set us apart.
Paintings (Not part of a Series)