I am a socially engaged artist driven by a desire to create work that generates social awareness and speaks to issues of social justice. Much of my work explores the issue of difference as it relates to identity and the public and private self. Primarily I join image and text to create work that activates internal and community dialogue and engenders empathy, compassion, and connection between people. Storytelling is an integral part of my work. I believe in the importance of telling our personal stories and the healing that happens between people, in even the simplest ways, when we participate in the shared experience of seeing one another and of being seen. The author James Baldwin said “It is the role of the artist to make the world a more human dwelling place.” I follow this idea with a focused sense of purpose in the work I create.