I'm told that my talent is for illustration, though my style(s) span(s) a variety of media, and subject matter. Past and present life experience, cultural history & legacy, as well as so-called classical works heavily influence me. The nature of my work is self-expression--it comes from how I feel or how I was caused to feel--and visual art is how I (usually) express it. As an artist, I seek to do two things: express what I see when I look out at the world; and offer the world a more beautiful, positively relevant, and possibly inspirational vision of ourselves. First, I paint for myself, and second I paint for my people and everybody else who experiences joy and richness when viewing my work. While I am currently seeking established gallery representation, maintaining the ability to house and show my own art will be an ongoing goal so I can always be free to do what I want to do.