My paintings explore my emotional connection to the experiences I share within the African American diaspora. The clear focus in my work on childhood and adulthood in the innercity is a reflection on my understanding of race, living and functioning in a place that was not made for us to progress. Being Black in America leaves you susceptible to stereotyping, social isolation, stigmatization, and an internalized feeling of helplessness . Despite this, we find a way to make light of the situation and persevere through our traumas. My work shows the realness of these circumstances, but also the potential to be greater. Through my oil paintings I hope to create a new narrative that will help people understand the experiences we face everyday being black in America and how we thrive in an environment built on racism.