Born in Washington Heights (upper Manhattan), I
attended Fiorello H. La Guardia H.S. of
Music and Art & Performing Arts as an art major. I later earned a BA in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2008 and a MA in Art Education at The City College of New York in 2014.
I also worked as a teaching artist for over 10 years in afterschool programs and day camps in New York City and am currently working as a high school art teacher for a charter school in the South Bronx.
My goal is to introduce and educate on a subject seldom taught in detail in public schools; Caribbean History. My hope is that this work will build pride in all living descendants of the Caribbean, where-ever they may be, and that the true history is learned by all so that it may never be forgotten.
As far as what my favorite medium is, I can't really say because I love it all! I am a multi-disciplinary artist at heart but if I had to choose a few favorites they would be drawing, gourd art, multi-media painting, and tattooing (currently not tattooing, though).
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