Birthday Shoot

On the day before I turned 29, I was gifted with the opportunity to be featured in DMV photographer Phillip Herring’s “Melanin Series”.

Here are a few shots from the section entitled, “Royalty”:


I’ll admit, it felt very strange to be in front of a camera again after being out of commission for months. I’m learning to accept myself and new changes in my life. And I’ve found that acceptance is the beginning of many wonderful things.

This shoot was a solid reminder that if you ever forget or question your own beauty, an artist will remind you how beautiful you are. I love these portraits.

When was the last time you saw yourself in a photo and fell in love? (Yes, #selfies count!)

Find more “Melanin”along with amazing portraits, street scenes and info from Herring HERE.



Discovering Ones Art Taste and Style(s)

A while back, I spent time with my friend Lauren helping her to choose new art pieces for her home.

She has a wonderfully decorated 4-story townhouse with perfect spaces and nooks to display her variety of different styles of visual art from illustrations to landscapes.

I often work with people who are convinced that they don’t have “an eye” for art. How can I blame them? The art world is intimidating and has been intentionally been closed off to lots of people for centuries. My job is to pull back those long curtains and show each person that art exist to set all of our hearts on fire! I take that job very seriously. I know that there’s literally “something for everybody” in this vast field.

Once Lauren and I set out on her art discovery adventure- purposefully wandering through aisles of paintings, photographs and sculptures- nothing caught or held any of my friend’s attention. This only affirmed her belief that she was not “artistically inclined”. All I could think was, “Patience, grasshopper! You’ll find the piece you’re looking for!” (***Spoiler alert***: She did.)

Everything changed when we happened upon a simplistic painting of a barren tree with a bright green wren in its branches.


To my joy, my friend’s eyes lit up and she finally exclaimed, “I think I like this one!”


We found the artist and her partner present and engaged them on the artist’s work, past and present. Lauren then found another piece to the first painting in the same size: a similar, simple tree with bright red foliage.


“Do these look too much like christmas?”

I knew these shades of red and green were perfectly complementary after reading this helpful post from T. Espinoza’s post on “What Colors Look Good Together”.


When using color, Espinoza suggests:

  • Choose any three colors that are side by side on the wheel for a fun play on the monochrome trend

  • Complementary (or contrasting) colors are any two colors that are directly opposite each other on the wheel. In this case, opposites balance each other out

  • If you’re not ready to dive all the way in, add just a pop of color to neutrals. Like cobalt blue with gray or fuchsia with olive green

This advice is very helpful in choosing both a wardrobe or an art collection that compliments ones style. [Read: 5 Reasons to Make Art Collecting a Priority.]

As you see, this shade of red of the tree in one painting and the green or the little wren are perfectly complimentary of each another. My friend walked away with not just one new piece, but two that were complimentary!

I live to help others cultivate a taste for art and discover their art styles. Then all that’s left is to curate pieces that match their styles, taste and budget perfectly.

Are you ready to discover your art styles? You don’t have to go at it alone, take my hand, I’ll be your guide…



Social calendar #onfleek: 10 ways to find THE best art events in your local area

On fleek: adj. the quality of being perfect, or on point

In my last post, I asked about your most recent art adventures. If you had a hard time remembering the last time you made an art discovery, this post is for you!


Whether you’re interested in artist talks, concerts, live paintings, panel discussions, art exhibitions, recitals, performances, or auctions– use tips from this list to help you fill your social calendar:

1. Social media

I’ll admit, the fact that Facebook can almost always guess what I’ll “like” is a little creepy. But instead of griping about how Big Brother is invading my privacy (true story), I use the site’s suggestions and recommendations to my advantage. Having the information come to me saves me the time and energy it takes to search around for it. You can “Like” and follow accounts for artist, museums and galleries in your local area to stay in the know.

2. Magazines and newspapers

Check out the advertisements and events section of local and global newspapers both in print and online. Two of my favorites, Departures and Uptown  feature art events from all over the world.


3. Your local “city paper”

Whenever I travel to a new city, I always keep my eye out for a newspaper stand with the local arts and interests paper. These gems usually have an entire section devoted to upcoming local events of all varieties. In DC, the Washington City Paper gives me a weekly update on the city’s social and arts scene.

4. Word of mouth

Ask around! Pay attention to the types of events your friends are talking about in person and online. You may even consider sending a quick email to local friends asking what events they’re planning to attend in the near future.

5. Eventbrite is not just a portal through which you can buy tickets to events. The site also has a search tool that allows you to narrow your search for events down to a specific type, cost and/or timeframe.

6. Bulletin boards in coffee shops and restaurants

Many of my favorite coffee shops and casual restaurants lend space to display fliers and other promotional material for local events.  I used to walk right past these sometimes cluttered bulletin boards until I realized what great vehicles they are for promoting local arts events.

7. Venue calendars

When you’re near event venues (theaters, music halls, museums, galleries etc.) in your city, stop by and take a look at the calendars they often post in the window. Many places, like The Howard Theater and Busboys and Poets in DC have calendars that lists their upcoming programs, shows and exhibitions. You can also visit websites of venues that interest you.  wpid-imag1237.jpg

8. Local blogs

Right now in your area, dozens of people are using their voice to write about things that are important you. I mean it! Many of the things you’re looking to read about are being written about as I type. If you’re interested in art, try finding bloggers who are also interested… we’re out here! Don’t believe me? Try a quick Google search for blogs about the arts in your area.

9. Mailers

As  a kid, I LOVED getting envelopes with my name in the mail. As an adult, not so much! Nowadays, my mailbox is mostly full of bills (ha!). But being the responsible adult that I (sometimes) am,  I am pleasantly surprised when I get a postcard or brochure announcing upcoming shows at a local theaters and other art venues. They’re welcomed pieces of creative, well-designed (and free) art landing at my doorstep.


10. Gallery and museum listservs

Many arts institutions send out regular newsletters and/or bulletins that keep you in the know of their upcoming events. One of my favs is the monthly newsletters from Arena Stage and the National Museum of Art. And if the emails start to clog your inbox, the “unsubscribe” button quickly stops the flow of unwanted email traffic.


So there you have it! My top 10 ways to stay informed on the art scene here in DC that you can copy in your own local area.

How do you keep up with the arts in your area? Let me know in the comments below.

I’d also love to hear about events you find using any of these outlets… SHARE in the comments!



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The C in Chelsea

We took a quick trip to New York recently and wandered our way to the galleries and art spaces in the Chelsea neighborhood. Indoors and out, art abounded… and surrounded. It was a fantasy.

A few photos of the beauty outside:






Read more about these mesmerizing  Eduardo Kobra murals @

When was the last time you went on an art adventure? What did you discover? 

If you can’t remember the answer to those two questions, stay tuned…



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St. Thomas wedding: My cousin took the plunge and so did I…

wpid-imag0989.jpgAhhh, destination weddings– don’t you just love em?! It’s a vacation and celebration all in one, a great combo of built-in activities and free time to explore and do your own thing.

Just last week, I travelled to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to watch my older cousin tie the knot. It was a blast! She was absolutely stunning on her special day and I was beaming with pride and joy for her.


Just look: how gorgeous is she?!



I even took a trip down the aisle myself… as her bridesmaid, of course!


The wedding itself was beautiful. I was so happy to spend time around my family and enjoy the lovely island of St. Thomas. There were a few more highlights:

1. The beach!!

We took a quick ferry ride to St. John and enjoyed Trunk Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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1 1/2. This guy 🙂


2. Scuba Diving

I went scuba diving for the first time!


Let’s talk about this experience for a minute…

Have you ever planned out an adventure in your head, got all geared up and ready for it then realized that what you set out to do was scarier than you thought?!

Have you ever hyped yourself up, even mentally prepared yourself for an adventure only to find out that no matter what, your mind and body can backfire and actually try to prevent you from doing something that it perceives as a danger?


All of the above happened to me last week during my first shot at scuba diving!

I was perfectly fine and excited all the way through the verbal instruction part: air tank gauge- check, clearing my ear blockage- check, getting water from under your face mask- check, securing the ventilator if it falls out of my mouth underwater, check.


With tank on, flippers in hands and excitement bubbling over, I followed my instructor into the shallow water only to be shocked at my own inability to actually submerge my head under water, even while breathing through the ventilator! I completely froze up, y’all!


I was equipped with all the knowledge I needed for my first dive but almost psyched myself out of an amazing adventure.

Almost… Because guys, we RALLIED!

Eventually, something clicked. maybe it was the fact that I stopped *thinking* as I watched my boyfriend and our instructor start to swim away from the shore without me! But I do remember thinking “you are OK. You can breathe, you can see and you’re with a professional diver. The danger level here is very low…” And with those words of encouragement, I “punched myself in the chest” and started swimming like Ariel!


The experience was so beautiful that at one moment while underwater, I started weeping. Being completely submerged in water and surrounded by numerous organisms that I’d never heard of or had only seen in National Geographic was as surreal as it gets.

By the time I started to master the whole exhale-completely-clear-your-ears-every-few-meters-look around-and-enjoy-the-sights-at-the-same-damn-time routine, our 40min dive was ending and I’d already fallen in love with a new sport.

3. Hotel Art!

I always take a self-guided tour through the hotels I visit, just to see what kind of art they’re working with. I found the delightful pieces below at our resort.


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Time to head home…


So let’s talk! What adventures have you backed out of because of fear? When did you last refuse to allow fear to keep you from something new?



Think art collecting is just for the “stuffy” and “old”? Here are 5 reasons you should make art collecting a priority

Acquiring the latest addition to my collection caused me to revisit why I believe that art appreciation is important and why art collecting for me is essential. Like collecting, travel is a priority in my life and I’ve had amazing opportunities to travel and indulge in art at the same time. But no matter how far I go, the last leg of any trip ends at the same place– my home. I could travel the world near and far seeing all the beauty and treasure it has to offer. But at the end or the day, unless I choose the life of an expat, I wind up back in the same physical space from which I departed.

This realization forced me to accept my responsibility for making my home as beautiful and comfortable as possible. Keeping a clean, orderly space for myself to live, think and work is not always easy– but it is necessary. So, I grow my art collection with pieces that resonate with me, bring me joy, thought, sorrow, humor or any combination of those things. Having beautiful artwork in my space adds value to my space and beauty to my life. I grow my art collection as inspiration to keep things on the walls– instead if on the floor.

The benefits of surrounding your home with art are endless but I’ve narrowed them down to this list of 5 reasons why you should become a collector and beautify your living space with art.

1. Define and highlight your personal style

It’s one thing to snag a new dress or pair of shoes that compliment your style, but buying and displaying a piece of original artwork that somehow reflects a part of your inner world and mind is the ultimate expression of personal style. There will inevitably be pieces in your collection that no one “gets” but you and that’s ok.

Answering questions and engaging in dialogue around your art is one of the best parts of displaying it! I love hearing all the different interpretations that come from one particular piece. It means that people are looking, they are paying attention. And even if they dislike the piece, the desire to engage around it shows that they have a level of appreciation and that excites me.

2. Surround yourself with imagination, creativity and beauty

One of my childhood dreams and adulthood goals is to have a walk-in closet complete with  a Lucite vanity covered in expensive jewelry and fragrances. I want a room where I can go and admire all the pretty little things that I love and adorn my body with daily. As I’ve grown, that desire for a room full of pretty has expanded to one for a home full of pretty. I don’t want all of my treasures to be locked away for only my eyes to see. Instead, I want all of the rooms in my home to elicit that same feeling of awe-inspiring beauty and charm. Through my art collection, I can create spaces that display beauty for both me and my guests to enjoy.

An art collection is an awesome way to cultivate the type of energy and environment in that you desire in you home. It could take a pop of color or a thoughtful black and white photograph that resonates with you personally to transform your space for the better.

3. Support the livelihood of artists

There’s always talk of finding one’s purpose and working towards passion. True artists are people who have found their purpose and boldly pursue their passion. They take the risk of exploring and sharing those passions with the world. Supporting such courage shows you believe purpose exists and if they can live in theirs, you can live in yours. It’s simply good karma. Never underestimate the feeling of knowing the artist who created an artwork. Having the opportunity to “shake hands” with the hands that created a piece that will bring you joy for years to come– it’s a special privilege that only collectors get to experience.

Buying the work directly from an artist also gives you the opportunity to ask questions and hear for yourself the inspiration behind a body of work. You may even find that you have more commonalities with the artist than you first thought.

4. Add value to your life (and potentially net worth)

Art collecting has long been a method of establishing and passing down wealth. While I don’t always advise buying with the sole intention of a pay out down the line, there are instances when procuring an artwork can be a serious financial investment that you can earn from later on. However, that will not always be the case.

You should first love the art you buy since the art market is fickle and liable to change at any time. Keep in mind that though there’s no true way to say that the artist you’re supporting today will one day have a net worth of £21 million— adding value to the pieces you own– there’s also no way to say that they won’t. Buying what you love is the sure way to make sure you’re buy pieces that of value to you personally. Bottomline: when you buy what you like—and buy to keep, you can think of your collection as your estate, something that you can pass on to others.

5. Be a part of a long tradition 

If not for those before us who saw the importance of sustaining and preserving art, we would not have any access to the creative genius of artists of the past. As lovers of beauty and art, it’s on us to find, treasure and protect the Van Goghs, Picassos, and Basquiats of today for generations to come. Art often speaks directly to the state of the society in which it was created making it valuable contributions to the human timeline. Do your part, become a historian for your generation!

So, what are some of the barriers to you starting or growing you personal art collection? Share and let’s discuss in the comments below!



“Always let your art be the statement”: Three artists using art for activism

I’ve started this creative endeavor, Art Evokes, in a time when most areas of my social life are inundated with tragic stories of innocent people being murdered and an entire community and generation screaming “WE ARE HERE” and “WE MATTER.”

Through this project, I will promote light over darkness, love over hatred and very importantly, beauty over all. I’m inspired by those who use their voice and influence to call attention to love, light and beauty. I do not believe that an artist is obligated to have views that are explicitly political but I do think that she should always work to uplift society as a whole through their creation. These three artist have used their artistry to not only show their opinions but to promote powerful uplifting messages.

Erykah Badu erykah I’ll always hold a very special place within myself for Ms. Badu. Her fifth album, “New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh” was released in 2010 when I was struggling through the onset of an illness– later diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis.

The album reminded me of my own inner strength with lyrics saying, “But if I get off my knees, I might recall, I’m 20 feet tall.” The entire album inspired me to summon inner strength and face my reality with staunch courage. I remember leaving the hospital and taking my first breath of fresh air with “Window Seat”– the lead single from the album– blasting in my ear buds.

Empowerment, love and consciousness are the focus of all of Badu’s music and this music compilation proves it.  Aptly named, “FEEL BETTER, WORLD!… LOVE, MS. BADU”, the artist shares music that inspires her– harmonies that promote love, light and harmony. About the project, she writes:


To me, this compilation is a call to stand up, stand tall, stay bright and continue to love. The tracks also reminds me that loving oneself is always the place to start. Because after all, if you can’t love yourself, how in the Hell you gonna love somebody else?

Prince prince Hail to the Purple One! As if his prolific discography of ingenious compositions was not enough, Prince answered the call show support after Baltimore, MD’s Freddie Gray was killed while in police custody. The “Purple Rain” singer released a tribute song, “Baltimore“, and organized last-minute “Rally for Peace” concerts in Washington, DC and Baltimore.

To match the urgency for advocacy, his action was swift: the Baltimore show was pulled together in just 5 days. And there’s more. According to activists, Prince also had about 170 people moved from the arena’s $22 seats to the front row.

Alice Smith


Possibly my favorite of all time, Alice Smith’s unique and strong vocals lace powerfully over this track. Of all the tributes here, her was the most pleasantly surprising to me. Alice is known for show stopping performances and a closely- held personal life. She rarely does interviews and when she does, they’re strictly about her music. That’s one reason why hearing her release her sorrow on the ills of our society on this record was a special occasion.

In an Instagram post debuting the song, the singer wrote:

I’m not sure what to say. It’s unbelievable what’s going on. @davesitek and @sam_dew wrote this song, and we recorded it the other night. Tonight, with all that has been happening with the police, we decided to put it out. Kind of a release. Shell Shock…

Listen to “Shell Shock” here.

Inspiration abounds, folks. Just look around and listen. Fight the urge to get bogged down with negativity and instead use your energy to create, promote and perpetuate light, love and beauty.



P.S. What artistic expressions of resistence have you notice lately? Maybe you’re heard a song, read a poem or seen a piece of visual art. Let’s talk about it in the comment section below!

“Steal like an artist” and more inspiration from Pablo Picasso

“I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.” -Pablo Picasso

Whenever I see a painting by Spanish artist Picasso (1881-1973), I’m awestruck with the beauty, creativity and sheer iconic status of his works. His distinctive mesh of abstract faces with distorted facial features and use of bold black lines at one moment then use of soft curves and colors the next is enough to make him one of my favorite artists. His catalog spans from still life to abstract, portraiture to sculpture. The guy was prolific. He is one of the greatest.

March, 1932 Oil on Canvas

Girl Before a Mirror. Oil on canvas. Painted 1932.

Not often does an artist’s life spark my curiosity as much as their work. But Picasso’s life, both facts and rumors, fascinate me in a special way. More than anything, I find wonder and inspiration in his quotes. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”). Oil on canvas. Painted 1955.

If you can believe it, you can achieve it! Don’t you believe you can fly?!

OK, sorry for the R. Kelly reference, but that statement is simply The Truth. I believe in this principle so much that I devote time each day to prayer, positive affirmation and visualization. Every day. It’s important to imagine myself accomplishing goals and seeing my dreams come true. Taking the time to use my imagination not only helps me be more creative, it increases my faith and belief that all things are possible for me.

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”

The Kiss. Oil on canvas. Painted 1969.

With so much conflict, hatred and ignorance running rampant in the world, I charge myself with stepping back and asking “why can’t creation of beauty through love ease the pains of the world?” and “what will I do to promote and perpetuate art, beauty and love everyday. How can I make this goal my life’s work?”

“How can you expect a beholder to experience my picture as I experienced it? A picture comes to me a long time beforehand; who knows how long a time beforehand, I sensed, saw, and painted it and yet the next day even I do not understand what I have done. How can anyone penetrate my dreams, my instincts, my desires, my thought, which have taken a long time to fashion themselves and come to the surface, above all to grasp what I put there, perhaps involuntary.”

I cannot find a title or year for this beauty. I hope it is, in fact, a Picasso.

Picasso often spoke on his internal world as an artist giving insight to how his mind works as a person who is an artist. He reveals the long process inner thoughts and overall humanness of who he is as an artist. Such insight fascinates me. I place as high value on an artist’s statement as I do on the artist’s work. I always wonder, “who does this artist say she/he is?” instead of relying solely on who I interpret her/him to be.

“Good artists copy, great artist steal.”

Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (The Picnic). Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. Painted 1862–1863.

Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe (The Picnic). Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. Painted

Le déjeuner sur l’herbe d’après Manet. Pablo Picasso. Painted 1960. Picasso was so inspired by Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe that he “stole” it several times making at least 27 versions of the painting!

There’s controversy over whether or not Picasso actually said this but since it has become so synonymous with his persona, I’ll include it here.

I identify more as in innovator than an inventor. With a blank page in front of me, my mind is, well, blank. However, when I look at something that already exists, something that has already been done, I can take it and add to it in creative and unique ways. This ability is a gift and as a result of it, I’m not one to copy something I see. Copying requires taking what’s already done and doing the exact same thing. To innovate, one can take what’s there and make it one’s own (steal it) in order to make it better.

Action is the foundational key to all success.”


This quote spawned this blog post. If I want to run a blog, I have to write. If I want to become an authority in the art world, I must immerse and surround myself with the people and objects that define that world (yes, please!). To get anything done, you have to do it. If you’re a painter, paint. If you’re a writer, write. If you’re a hater, hate! It’s just what you do so do it! But seriously, do something, anything to live up to who you are. You owe that to yourself.

Me pondering another favorite quote from Picasso at the Sagamore in South Beach, Miami.

Here’s to more action and inspiration from Picasso and beyond.



My art collection: Beauty beyond the pane by Adrian Blake

Adding pieces to an art collection provides a thrill like no other. It’s like finding that perfect pair of shoes– you just know you have to take them home. I recently found my latest buy on Facebook! Artist Adrian Blake posted his latest creation in a closed art group with caption:

“Just completed! Still wet.
Oil on canvas”

My latest acquisition!! (claps hands and smiles like a kid)

It was love at first sight.

I was struck by how Blake achieved such dimension and texture in the painting– a beautifully interpreted black woman’s body submerged in water. You can see the movement as the subject appears to dive, feet first in to the water as the artist captures the moment her torso is fully submerged.

I imagine the freedom of swimming naked in a local lake, carefree and radiant.

I also imagine diving for a different type of freedom– that of resisting captivity on a ship by jumping into the sea as one’s final act of defiance.

Blake later entitled the piece “Beauty Beyond the Pane” stating:
Beauty beyond the pane has two meanings. The word pane is meant to be used as a pun, where the canvas surface acts as a pane of glass, and the viewer is looking beyond that the to the beauty behind it which is the figure. The figure itself is beautiful, but each person has their own pain, but their pain is overshadowed by the outward beauty we see as we lay eyes upon each other.
Artist Adrian Blake in action

Talented artist Adrian Blake in action

As I enjoy this original piece for years to come, I’m sure it’s meaning to me with morph and evolve. You can share in that joy with me by supporting the artist’s work here.

Starting is the hardest part, so start with The List

Delving into a new interest area is overwhelming mostly due to one question– where on Earth do I start?!

To overcome this challenge, one of my favorite and most eccentric English professors in college gave me a life changing piece of advice that I still employ today. I’ve been leaning on this advice for years, it’s my secret formula for figuring out where to start studying any topic.

That advice? Don’t overwhelm yourself with all there is to know about a topic. Instead, take basic elements of that topic and create a “List of things I own”.

Here’s how it works: Instead of jumping from subject to subject, pick one subject to study per category. Immerse yourself in all things related to the people/things on that list exclusively–attend talks, lecture and performances by/about them, read or listen to  all of their works, and pay attention to what’s said about them. Once you’ve become an expert, he suggested, move on to a new person, movement, etc.

Since my focus was mostly on literary arts, my list from college is geared toward that realm. Here’s my “List of things I own” from college and the memorable things I’ve done to try and conquer it:

Novelist: John Steinbeck
In his novel East of Eden, Steinbeck composed the most beautifully descriptive passages I have ever read. The story haunts me still and I look forward to reading it again.
Dramatist: August Wilson
I saw a production of Wilson’s “King Hedley II” this year. I found the production boring overall and the acting over exaggerated (think almost 3 hours of dramatic yelling… eek.) but hey, I made it gave it a shot.
King Hedley II, Arena Stage 2015

King Hedley II, Arena Stage 2015  (Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

Poet: Wallace Stevens
Often acclaimed as the greatest American poet of the 20th century, I’ve only read one one of Stevens works. This is it:
The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

Essayist: Camille Paglia
Paglia’s Break, Blow, Burn is still my favorite book of poetry explications. I especially loved her interpretation on Jean Toomer’s “Georgia Dusk”.
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Literary Critic: Harold Bloom
I have a couple unread Bloom’s books on my shelf including:
Painter: Salvador Dali
The depth of color Dali achieves in his works is remarkable. And I enjoy the “what does it mean?!” feeling his work leaves me with.
Swans Reflecting Elephants by Salvador Dali 1937

Swans Reflecting Elephants Salvador Dali 1937

Art Movement: Surrealism
My interest here spawn from my interest in Dali. Still much work to do in exploring here.
Literary movement: Transcendentalism
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” sparked my interest in Transcendentalism. I wrote an essay in college exploring the short story including the homo-eroticism between the title character and his male… companion.
Literary Journal: Callaloo
I haven’t done mush with my curiosity around Callaoo. I remember being excited to hear about it’s history as an African American literary review and planning to subscribe to the publication. It’s never too late!
Musician: Kanye West
There are few pop artist who I follow as much as I do Kanye. He is one of my biggest inspirations. I love his story of growing up a middle class kids in Chicago, studying art a fashion to school only to discover a passion and gift for producing music. I love to hear him talk about how he went from obscurity to studio time with his idols and many musical titans wanting a “Ye West beat”. I love how he’s continued to pursue his passion for creating music and clothing to advance humanity.
Quote displayed during set changes- Yezzus Tour 2014

Yeezus Tour, Washington DC 2014

Though I usually find myself forgetting this wisdom and instead floundering and wading through every subject I can get my eyes on, I always bring myself back to this important principle. Save yourself from some stress and try it out.

So, what’s on your list? Add topics that interest you and share in the comments!
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