I grew up around photography in my dad’s photography business from a early age. He opened the store in Golden Rock Shopping Center in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (1987), the year I was born.. My siblings and I spent our summers there until we all graduated from high school. I remember telling my parents that I wanted to be a gynecologist and I didn’t know what it was until my dad told me, “You want to be a vagina doctor?” Smh! Didn’t know what I wanted to be when I was 17, I knew I didn’t want to be a disappointment. Studied Biomedical technology until I found out that dentist have one of the highest suicide rates.. Second year in college, I secretly started taking a design course and never looked back. It’s interesting because I took EVERY art course possible in high school and became a photographer for the yearbook. Hmmm.. Left NC in 2007 to join the Air Force and soon found myself in the middle of Iraq at the age of 20. I celebrated my 21st birthday in the Middle East and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I found parts of myself that I didn’t know. I gravitated towards things that were questionable and risky. I came back and started taking courses in International affairs and some ceramic courses on the side. I was the only black girl in my art courses, I never once took a class with another black girl. If I did, I didn’t notice. I spent countless nights in the art department make clay from scratch or working on figure drawings.. Most nights I slept in the art building with my art and would walk downstairs to class for 8:00am. I loved it! I was broke but I was happy. I didn’t do so well in my other courses and finally decided to take the plunge and studied art. I was taking upper level studios and all the art history lectures I could take during the time I had at UNCG. I graduate with my BFA in Design a few years later.
I am a full-time high school visual arts teacher and I started my own business. I didn’t know my secret would become my reality, it snuck up on me when everything wasn’t falling into place. I chose to follow my intuition and it feels amazing to live in the skin you were born in when you are living your truth. Life is filled with obstacles and it’s up to you on whether or not you’re will to go through the trials and tribulations.. It was worth it and I’d do it alllllll over again!