2020: Hindsight

Are y’all ready? This is a long post.

God is good. The universe is abundant. I am so blessed. Everything that I did was possible because of the support that I received within the arts community in Indianapolis. Artists are essential workers both metaphorically and literally. The support that I needed personally and professionally came from other creatives. I need to take a moment to just say thank you to the following:

Center For Black Literature & Culture at the Central Library
Central Indiana Community Foundation
WeAreIndyArts
Lost Dog Gallery
Amy Ward Studios
Darrell Staggs Photography
VIP Center for Business Women
The Garfield Park Arts Center
Big Car Collaborative
The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts
The Indianapolis Arts Center
The Arts Council of Indianapolis

Thank you to all the individuals who purchased prints and originals from me this year. Your patronage means everything. Sales and support from the Indianapolis area have allowed me to keep creating.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times… I protested this year.

In many ways the work I made this year has been a departure from my previous work. My work got more political than it has ever been. I found it hard to be silent.

You can support The Bail Project, Inc here.

Congratulations to my brother Kevin. You are courageous and you inspire me every single day. I love you.

More than anything 2020 has helped me focus on the stuff that matters. I matter. My life is essential. I am totally valid.

I got more comfortable in my skin.

Making predictions for 2021 still feels like an overreach but the world is full of possibility. Life can be as you imagine it.

Still alive…crazy right?

Invincible Summer

“My dear,
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

Truly yours,
Albert Camus”

I started this drawing before I found this quote… It happens like that sometimes.
That’s really the mood for 2020 ~ “It happens like that sometimes.”

Invincible Summer. 10X10″ Mixed Media on Gallery Wrapped Canvas.
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This piece found a home. I drew it a few years ago as the start of a series and I never got back into into it. I have a fascination with classic American imagery. Part of my mission as an artist is to examine and the cultural images that are presented to us and challenge them.

Thank you again to Angie Nuttle and VIP Business Center for Women for hosting this event. Be sure and check them out.

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Localized: Garfield Park Artists Celebrate Indy’s Bicentennial

I’m honored to be participating in this show.

Curated by a committee of neighborhood artists in collaboration with the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car, this exhibition will feature artwork in a variety of mediums by local artists that reside in Garfield Park. The pieces aim to celebrate Indianapolis’ Bicentennial through the lens of these artists by exploring history, culture, and the environment of Indianapolis and Garfield Park, Indianapolis’ oldest park. Furthermore, artists will reflect on 2020 current affairs including the pandemic and protests. Artwork will be displayed in two galleries across the neighborhood: Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car’s Tube Factory artspace.

Live music will be provided by:
The O’Boyz’
With Special guest
Keith Beatty (https://www.keithbeattymusic.com/)
Join us (virtually) for some local music and local art!

More information at the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/769900190454005

http://www.gpacarts.org/upcoming