When I was in my early teens, I started to read graffiti “tags” on walls around the city of Chicago and this fascinated me. I started following these “tags” and observed the diverse locations where people could write their names. This dialogue between the city and the artists began to speak to me.
I then began to draw inspiration from this “street art” and started making my own art. The concept of working on a canvas came to me truly when I was in my early teens. The potential relationship between street art and fine art became apartent to me then.
I am a self-taught artist and I took an AP (Advanced Placement) class in high school. After that, I got the bug inside that will never die. And I started to develop my own distinctly recognizable work. I was in love with the canvas and a short while after my mediums became vast. My options to keep making my art went from small cheap canvases to old antique doors to late 1940s varnished windows—anything I could paint on. I wanted to explore the ground and I continue to do that over and over.
I work quickly efficiently and, most of all, carefully. Everything that I come into contact with I am in charge of, so I can change my viewpoint as many different times as necessary. Dondi White is one of my biggest inspirations because he worked from being a subway graffiti artist to make a renowned name for himself by manipulating the canvas with his mind and hands.
The city of Chicago is a home for my mind--a place where my thoughts can spiral into black and white images and a time that you would only reminisce about. In a time where the past and present intersect, I try to capture the unknown loneliness of a warehouse or the depth and character of an old alley way. These are the things that make me tick when I am parched for inspiration. My art is the way I reconcile the past and present.