I started doing art at a very young age. The earliest memories of me creating art were creating Crayola Crayon masterpieces on the wall. My mother wasn't exactly fond of those pieces being on the wall lol. My earliest inspiration to draw was playing video games, and one of those games was Super Mario World on SNES. I was very fascinated with the scenery so much that, I use to pause the game on certain levels that stood out to me so I could draw them. I would also do the same with Disney VHS movies where, I would rewind a certain scene on the VCR, pause the movies and I would use my crayons or colored pencils to complete my drawings.
As I matured, I started being very intrigued with art from the renaissance period at the age of 10. I would replicate paintings by using color pencils, pastel crayons, or my regular crayons. It was a wonderful and fantastic time in my life. I was home-schooled and my art reflected all of the subjects I was learning about. I was interested in learning about astronomy, the prehistoric era, sci-fi shows like Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, or being inspired by cartoons such as Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command. My artwork at this time still inspired by video games, but this time it was PlayStation games like the Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon video game series. I would still pause the games to draw the scenery of the games I would play.
As I got into my preteen years, I became even more serious about being an artist. I was still inspired artistically by video games, but I my direction towards art became more fantasy inspired. I remember doing a lot of fantasy landscapes and dragons. In my junior high years, I was definitely inspired by artists such as Howard David Johnson, Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, and so many more artists. At this time, I was heavily inspired by the Mortal Kombat video game series when it came to my art.
Visiting New York at the age of 15 changed my life. I saw so many artists being so free to express themselves and their abilities. It was a beautiful experience being in a lively city full of life, and constant movement with places to go and people to see. I remember taking my sketch pad and I was just drawing different exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan. Going to New York changed my artistic from fantasy to more of a modern, surrealistic, fashion, and graffiti inspired style. When I got back to Dallas, I started incorporating more modern interior and fashion in my art.
A year and a half later 16 turning 17, I was working on a colored pencil series called "Voyage To Life". I took a painting class at El Centro for dual credit. At that time, I honestly didn't know anything about painting especially oil paint. My high-school teacher Ms. Navarette suggested that I take the class. If it wasn't for her making that suggestion, I wouldn't have met Paul Booker who was the best art/painting instructor that I ever had. When I completed my second painting, Paul thought I had been painting for years when in actuality, it was my second day of being a beginner in oil paint. I'd basically transferred my drawing abilities to painting. When I did a painted rendition of my piece "Inspiration" my colored pencil series "Voyage To Life" became "Genesis" the oil painted collection. From that moment, I knew that my painting teacher Paul Booker unlocked a hidden God given gift within me, and I never looked back.
As of right now, I've been painting for 15 years, and I am so excited to share my journey with all of you.
Online Magazine which features my artwork
Timeline 2023- 5/18/2023 - 6/9/2023 South Dallas Cultural Center / Shoka Kamaria-Ford - In the Beginning Exhibition: Curated by Vicki Meek
2023 - 1/7/2023 - 3/7/2023 Abstract Art Exhibit / Irving Art Association
2022- 3/31/2022 - 4/2/2022 ART214 Juried Exhibition Moody Performance Hall
2021 - SMU The Black album. mixtape. by Regina Taylor/ The Mixtape Submissions
2021 - Byron's House of Hope Charity Event / NFT Auction
2020 - Mayor's Star Council/ Dallas Symphony Bus Stop Art Project
1/9/2020 - 2/29/2020 "Then, Here & Now Art" Exhibition - J Erik Jonsson Central Library - Dallas Public Library
2019 - Duende Literary
2019 - TVAA - New Member Art Exhibition
2017 - "Metamorphosis" - 555 Ross Avenue Bldg,1777 North Record Street /private showing
2017 - South Side on Lamar - Art Walk
2015/2016 - Dallas Morning News
2014 - Ash Studios - "Euphoria" Show/ U.4.I.A. "EUPHORIA" SUMMER ART AND MUSIC EVENT
2012/2013/2015 - Continental Gin - Open Studios
2010 - Art Love Magic
2009 - Excuses Extreme Cafe,3025 Main Street; Dallas, TX
2008 - Neo Soul Conference
2008 - Linen Brunch
2008/2009/2010/2011/2014/2019 - H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery - El Centro College