Sculptor | Muralist | Illustrator
Earlier this year I was contacted by The National Trust for Historic Preservation for an exciting project. The mission: to raise funds to successfully restore Nina Simone’s childhood home—the place she learned to play piano and grew to love jazz. My role? To create the art that would be the face of the fundraising campaign. The commissioned piece is a 36 x 36 acrylic painting on panel. The image was used as a background the National Trust For Historic Preservation’s booth at Essence Festival, and the same image is being featured on merchandise for the campaign! Supporting the effort are John Legend, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Talib Kweli, Mahershala Ali and Issa Rae.
It is a phenomenal honor for my work to be used in such a way, and for such a noble effort. This campaign opened my eyes to a new understanding of how I can help impact the world with my art. Cheers to the High Priestess of Soul, and a big joyous thank you to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for inviting me to be a part of such an incredible task. Read the article on Billboard magazine website by clicking here, or visit the Indiegogo campaign to support the effort by purchasing prints and other items featuring the painting.