Profession: Makeup Artist
Origin: Mississippi baby! Lol
City: New York
Education: Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences & Chemistry
Why do you do what you do? I do what I do, because doing anything else never worked for me. Painting is how I began in makeup artistry, and painting always made me feel free and limitless!
Could you describe your style and how it developed? My style is more geared towards looking at the face as a canvas-considering painting canvases was my first artistic love. I like to look at the face, and let it tell me what it needs-every face doesn’t need a contour, every lash doesn’t need an extension. I like to be creative with color, but still leave my subjects beautiful.
Where do you get inspiration from? I get my inspiration from nature, paintings, the great legends in the fashion world, and architecture/landscapes.
What is the best part about working within the creative industries? The best part about working in the creative industry is hands down the freedom. The freedom to express whatever I desire to on any particular day is quite liberating and I’m very grateful that I get to do that for a living:)
What do you wish you knew about your business before you got started? I was fortunate enough to have had an amazing mentor when I first began my career in New York City, so a lot of things I sort of knew right away. But 1 thing I wish I knew BEFORE I ever picked up a brush–is that the journey to whatever you’ve defined as ‘success’ is never ending. There is no, moment of arrival, lol. As an artist, if you’re not evolving with your craft, you’re not being the best you can be.
Has your style develop/change over the time being active? If yes, how? Omg yes! Lol my taste level I would say, has been kicked up a million notches. As a result of living in the fashion capital of the country, you have to grow and learn as you go! My approach towards makeup now is more organic, more artistic, not methodical or routine at all.
Who would you like to work with? Hmmnn, wow, I’d would love to work with so many other artists. I actually want to collaborate with a few of my favorite street artists like Chorboogie, Hebru Brantley, or Painter Ojo Agi, on like a cool designed set editorial. Check them out, they’re awesome.
What is your idea of success? I don’t know what my idea of success is exactly. It changes as I change:) currently, it’s producing work that I constantly can’t believe I did-having wow moments about myself, lol, regardless of how much attention the work receives. And inspiring others to strive for those moments for themselves.
Is there a message that you are trying to portray through your work? I think if I portray any message through my work, I would hope it to be looked at as a never ending story of persistence, growth, and dedication.
Do you believe it is important to raise artistic awareness in your country? I think it’s incredible important to raise artistic awareness in the United States! In my country, the arts is always the first to be cut from many budgets-and it breaks my heart! I obviously love academia, I have a degree in Chenistry, lol, but the core of me is an artist. If future generations aren’t allowed the expression of this, there could be huge parts of their lives and ours as a community that will go unfulfilled.
In your opinion, how important is it to culturally educate through art? Culturally educating through the arts is the best method in my opinion. Art invokes emotion. When ppl can FEEL something, lessons are remembered organically, and sort of ingrained onto not only their memories–but their hearts as well.