I have found that the people who collect my work do so because it takes them to places they've never been, or it is a reminder of places they have been and loved. The bright colors, the repetition of shapes, the play of shadows and light, the moment in time captured just so create a narrative for them that they can enjoy each time they see the painting. The idea that they can buy a piece of art, and at the same time contribute to a charity of my choice also gives them an incentive to contribute to a good cause.
Each year I choose a charity that may reflect the theme of my paintings, for example when I did the series Women of Power and Interest, my charity for that year was Womankind Worldwide. However, it doesn't always have to be that way, sometimes I choose a charity based on a personal interest. I recognize that a little bit of money can go a very long way in helping charities that aren't so well known. All of these things together offer my client an exciting way to collect art.
On a more personal note, I have always been interested in the arts, even as a young teenager painting murals on the walls of my bedroom. It was how I could be creative and tell a story visually at the same time. With a degree in Art, and Art history I worked in both the private and public school sector in the Detroit area as a Director of Art for 10 years. I loved teaching, and inspiring young minds to be passionate about art and art history. Introducing art history at a young age allowed the children the chance to learn about the inspirational characters in this field; as well as offering them examples of the different ways one can create.
Creating art as well as contributing to help others in need through my art has been my dream for a long time.