[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="326" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="64px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I had my first art show! Our reception was at a boutique called Velouriawhich in case you've never been you should definitely check it out. The store is perfectly curated with local designer's small production, independently-made products from clothing to stationary. The owners are super delightful and offered great guidance to a newbie like myself.

Our posters will be hanging on their walls for the whole month of February, so, swing by and pick up some artwork for your sweetie.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="64px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="329" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="330" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="331" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="346" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="64px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I don't think I expected so many people to show up, but the room was filled with an overwhelming amount of love and support.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

My Goal for the Obsidiopolis Artwork Series

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At one point a woman came up to me and said my artwork makes her feel happy every time she looks at it. She then expressed as a woman of color, how refreshing it was to see illustrations of black characters. It was literally the best compliment I received all night. When I first set out to create this series I wanted to convey a sense of calm, yet upbeat positivity.

As a black woman growing up in Birmingham Alabama my mother made sure I knew about our history and that I was proud of my blackness. So I knew at a young age the injustice that was and is currently afflicted on our race. I was super passionate about movies during my youth and I definitely saw my share of films about slavery and the struggle within the black community. As I got older I became frustrated by the lack of diversity in mainstream media, especially amongst black girls and women. I wanted to hear more stories and see more people that looked
like me in books, magazines, and movies. I appreciated the stories that gave a voice to our oppression but I also wanted there to be more representation of us in mainstream media being happy, successful, or just experiencing life day to day.

So for the Obsidiopolis series, I forced myself to work under the restraint of a limited color pallet to recreate characters and situations inspired by my experiences as a woman of color. I wanted to create a still image that would have black characters just living their lives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]