"The artist's role is to raise the consciousness of the people. To make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. That's how I see it. Otherwise, I don't know why you do it."

Amiri Baraka

 
                            The painting on the Home Page: From the series Reflections: Women of Color Merrari McKinney and Rosa Parks Acrylic on Masonite 4 feet x 4 feet 2007

                           The painting on the Home Page:
From the series Reflections: Women of Color
Merrari McKinney and Rosa Parks
Acrylic on Masonite
4 feet x 4 feet
2007

 

My goal is to bring about social change. My mood dictates my material choices when I begin a piece. When I create a drawing, it involves the various ways I choose to draw lines to create shapes, then adding tone and texture to create a three dimensional form. All of these elements express a wide range of emotions.

As an artist, I have the freedom through immediate response to tell the truth about humankind and create work that documents our differences, similarities and moments of crisis. My work gives voice to marginalized groups and inspires the viewer to take action and seek justice. I am informed by information which I then transform and bring forward in search of solutions, moving my audience from awareness to engagement.

What I create reflects my outlook on the world, my philosophy and my faith. I use my art as a platform to advocate and support multicultural issues that affect us on a local, regional, national and global level.