My "purpose" as an activist artist is to use my art as a vehicle to raise awareness of social issues and to bring about social change.
My "mission" is to create art that inspires individuals to take action and seek justice, raises consciouness, touches lives and gives voice to those groups who are marginalized.
Many of my images contain symbolism, but the inclusion is merely a means to more vividly convey my message. Political, religious and social issues are the predominant subjects that command my attention.
I create representational paintings and drawings, utilizing text and symbolism to connect the viewer to the subject in hopes of triggering an emotional response. My graphite pencil drawings, acrylic paintings and prints are very dramatic. I place a lot of emphasis on lighting, shading and detail.
My goal with my art is to move my audience from awareness to engagement on social issues without alienating the audience since they are the vehicles of change. I tell the whole story placing emphasis on one element or another making a powerful statement; sometimes utilizing text and close with a redemptive response.
Art historically has been effective in creating social change and beneficial to society. As an activist artist, I use my art as a platform to advocate and support multicultural issues that affect us on a local, regional, national and global level.