Both self-taught and formally educated, my early traditional portrait skills were honed while attending Pratt Institute. Later, at UC Berkeley I reimagined my portraits as box sculptures. I was granted a Maybelle Toombs Award, and in 1991 graduated with a Phi Beta Kappa Honor in Fine Art Practice. My interest included the art of children and those with disabilities, ultimately, realizing the power of assemblage art storytelling, and its profound effect on the viewers to awaken their own memories and dreams.
My works are in public and private collections throughout the US and abroad. Over the past twenty years I’ve received several grants, the California Community Foundation Grant, Finding Family Stories and the Seen and Heard Foundation. The impact of these grants are still evident in my body of work today.
Over the past 25 years I have exhibited work at the California African-American Museum, Craft Contemporary, Studio Museum of Harlem, Chicago National Museum of Mexican-American Art, Japanese-American National Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, and Watts Towers Arts Center. As well as galleries in LA, SF, NY and Berlin.
Currently I am based in Los Angeles, where I’m continuing to work on my nomadic art dwelling the NOMAD, an artwork that facilitates my artist residencies throughout California and beyond.