I was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973. I moved to the U.S. with my family in 1977 and spent most of my younger years growing up in Miami FL. In 2004 I moved to Oakland, CA. Art has been a part of my life from as far back as I can remember. My father was my first artistic influence. From a very young age I would assist him in various creative projects. My father was a great storyteller. I loved listening to his stories of the old country in Jamaica while we worked. He also taught me a lot about ancient societies, science, and history. My childhood home was filled with paintings, sculptures, and artifacts of many different cultures from around the world. These works, along with my love of sci-fi and fantasy art, inspired a lot of my early creativity. Eventually I began creating my own stories. Pencil and paper were my medium of choice in those days. I was also into graffiti during my early years but I wasn’t very good at it. It did teach me about having flow and movement in my work. That would lead me into my next phase in 1994 when I picked up a paint brush for the first time and began painting.
My work today is inspired by Afrofuturism, Caribbean/African folklore, nature, and sci-fi. My favorite part of the work that I do is storytelling. Each piece has it’s own story to tell and for different viewers the story might change. I try not to interfere too much with that process. I try to let each piece evolve on it’s own. I’m not always sure of the meaning behind each piece, but I’m also not too concerned about that either. I’m more into the process of creating. I love getting lost in the details. It can be very similar to meditation. I love the concept of the artist as the conduit. Transcribing visions onto a canvas. One of my favorite memories as a kid was running home after school everyday to lock myself in my room for hours just drawing and creating. Not much has changed.