Since the age of seven I’ve had a burning desire for art. As a kid, I grew fascinated by it, always observing the beauty of life and its contents, and so came the passion of expressing everything from persona
l feelings to different ideas in my drawings, whether it’s something beautiful to the eyes or an experience, I always sought to put them in visual aspect to portray my understanding of them.
Over the years I’ve challenged myself to be at my best, do outdo previous efforts and to become better at my craft by surrounding myself with others that are blessed with the same gift. I have been inspired and influenced by most them, but I’ve always been driven by creativity, always stretching my imagination exponentially to the extent that others wouldn’t even think of, and that was my motivation. It was almost as if I was competing with others, whether it was freehand or anything I would lay my eyes on to reproduce, I’d always go above and beyond to show that I’m the best, and that I was.
At the age of fifteen, I came to America, I attended forest hill high school in Florida, and a year later, I moved to New Jersey. Life wasn’t easy, and so I and my family found ourselves constantly moving, and due to the need for adapting to a new environment, I put down the pencil and the pad for a while to settle in jobs that can secure me financially. The idea of learning a new language was also another challenge, and in a way I became so preoccupied in fitting into a new way of life, that unknowingly I stopped serving my gift to the point I could barely draw anymore.
As the years go by, I started getting involved in music and I grew to be very passionate about it. Although I laid my art dormant for a while, strangely, it wouldn’t die, it would hunt me mentally with overwhelming ideas and dreams that just weren’t leaving my mind only because it was the only thing that matches the beat of my heart. When I grew older, I started seeking YHWH’s purpose for my life and it dawned on me that being a painter was what I was born to be. Unlike before in my previous years in doing art, I’ve come to be more understanding of my gift. I realized that it is more impacting to be effective than to be the best. I understood that everyone was born with different personalities even though they may have the same gift and that everything they would do, based on their character, would dictate the outcome or effect their works. I understood that there’s no such thing as a competition and that everyone is uniquely blessed with an originality according the gift they inherited. I renewed my thinking from constantly attempting to be the best to being more concern in being a standout. I realized that having a gift only means that I have to serve it to others and in serving it, they would be blessed from it, I saw it as my purpose in life.
For this reason I decided to make my art more life related, to focus on the ways of man-kinds, their struggles, spiritual growth and faith. Now, I am more driven than before, and this time, I am determined to serve my gift to the world and reach to hearts and minds of the generations connected to me by the influence of my art.