“Your art speaks of healing,” said international artist Makoto Fujimura when I stood in his book signing line and showed him my portfolio.
Years earlier, my dad had taught me how to draw by sketching on napkins after dinner. When I reached the fifth grade, my mom enrolled me in lessons.
In 2010, I painted the Woman in Red series in honor of the American Heart Association. Currently, eleven Children's Hospitals from Philadelphia to San Diego showcase my artwork. My Courage Ablaze collection—depicting African refugees who have endured unspeakable trauma with the spirit of true courage—was voted into the Top 100 at ArtPrize 2012.
Fujimura empowered my creativity. And with his words, I've learned that the subtle expression of the brush possesses the power to heal.