me

me

This is me.... c.1993... my first selfie (formerly called a self-portrait)...made with a 35mm camera and film I developed myself in my dorm bathroom... on the Ohio State University campus. I started there on a music scholarship, but fell in love with painting after seeing the work of Pheoris West; my mentor and forever friend. I love photography, drawing and sculpture but there's nothing like playing with paint. My heart was captured by oil in 1995. I received by BFA in Painting and Drawing in 1997, then my MFA in 2002. I've never stopped making art....it's been the only perfect therapy I've even known.

I dedicate all of my work to my late Papapoo, John M. Tirey Jr.... a true soulmate of mine in this universe of ART. I grew up watching him pin-stripe cars, paint signs by hand, create monsters for Halloween, and his everyday creativity always blew me away. I miss him everyday.

Cheers to GOOD HEALTH! xoxo