Biography

Okay, so there are a bunch of things that I do that could fill so much space, but let’s focus on the important stuff first:

Born in Hamilton (I am NOT Throwing away MY SHOT), OH. I moved with my family up and down the East Coast, finally landing in Norfolk, VA. Graduated in 2013 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with a BFA in Printmaking and Photography and a minor in Art History. In 2019, I graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA with a MA in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism. I have a passion for Street Photography and Portraiture. My photographic inspirations are Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and John Simmons. In other realms of art, I am inspired by Yoji Shinkawa, Jacob Lawrence, Thomas Hart Benton, Nam June Paik, and honestly my peers and students. I reside in the 757 (Tidewater Area).

Outside of Photography, I am an avid gamer and overall nerd. I love all music, but specifically Jazz (Coltrane, Ellington, Monk, Davis, Guaraldi, Masego), Hip-hop (Lupe Fiasco, Wale, Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, The Internet), and the Classics (Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan, Temptations, Parliament, Earth, Wind, and Fire). I am a Muay Thai practitioner and have been fighting for about 5 years. I love traveling with my amazing  wife, Erika, and I am a road warrior. I am a Photography Teacher/Mentor and I love helping educate people on how awesome photography is.

TLDR: I am outgoing and creative, and I love video games and photography.

Prior Exhibitions:

  • 2019- Hermitage Museum & Gardens, Norfolk Arts Educators Exhibition, Norfolk, VA
  • 2018- Offsite Gallery, World Trade Center- Norfolk Arts Educators Exhibition, Norfolk, VA
  • 2017-Charles H. Taylor Center- NOW: African-American Artists in Tidewater, Hampton, VA
  • 2017-Hermitage Museum-Norfolk Public Schools Art Educator Show, Norfolk, VA
  • 2016- Art Institute of Virginia Beach- Photography Exhibit, Virginia Bach, VA
  • 2015- Stanton Community Center- An Evening of Fine Art: Cancer Benefit Art Show, Annapolis, MD
  • 2014- First Baptist Church- 21st Annual Celebration of the Arts Show, Hampton, VA
  • 2014- Swansboro Elementary School, Community Black History Month Showcase, Richmond, VA
  • 2013- Old Dominion University Senior Student Art Show: WATERMARK, Baron Gordon Art Gallery, Norfolk, VA
  • 2012- Prints for Peace International Show, Mexico (submission)
  • 2012- Al Mutanabbi Street Tribute- The Written Word Remains (http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mainmut12/361.htm)
  • 2011- Old Dominion University Annual Juried Student Show and Scholarship Competition, Baron Gordon Art Gallery, Norfolk, VA

 

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