Born in Far Rockaway, NY, in 1975, my family moved to South Carolina when I was 3. I have been drawing and creating art since that age. I attended Winthrop University, earning a BFA in general studio art with an emphasis in drawing, graphic design, and photography. I later earned a MA in Art Education: studio track from Winthrop University. I am currently work as a middle school art teacher and freelance artist with Siraka99 Studios LLC.
Coming from an extensive figurative background, the exclusive use of the figure as a subject became insufficient as a means of expression. Through much experimentation, I have found that the layering of text and using a broad variety of materials are the most appropriate solutions to effectively illustrate the barrages of absurdities and contradictions within and around me. Manipulating imagery, text, and texture is more of a purging process that results in an artwork. As of the last two years, however, the human anatomy has been reintroduced in an effort to be less general with the audience, exposing my vulnerabilities. Yet, the process of purging, covering up, and purging again is a constant conversation with myself and/or audience, displaying reluctance to being fully open.