When and how did you get into art? Why?
My grand-uncle Ainsley inspired and encouraged me to stick with art; he was the only artist I knew back then and his work was all over my house. His black, Rastafarian Jesus drawings became my first catalyst, since colonialism had me learning about the blonde, blue eyed alternative who looked nothing like me.
What was your trajectory like as an artist? What was your first medium, did that change over time? Tell us more about how you’ve grown as an artist.
My trajectory as an artist was mental, and still is; a deep sense of thought and curiosity fuel me. My first medium was illustration with pencil and paper—since then, I’ve picked up a paint brush, a camera, and digital tools. I’ve come to understand the truth to my artistry is the prowess of my eye, mediums are just tools to explain how I see the world.
What inspired the art for this collection? How does nature inspire your work?
I was inspired by childhood memories and the tranquil slowness nature brought me. I used to sit under our almond tree for hours seeing, build forts, and adventure with my friends. I’m inspired by how nature evolves, consistently. I’ve also been inspired by nature’s ability to produce amazing color relationships, specifically the subtle ones. When I’m alone in a blanket of vegetation, it reminds me most of my childhood in Jamaica.