I painted this on 12/27 and thought it was done. Then I went to sleep and woke up at 6am the next day and changed it... like life, there’s always an opportunity to change for the better... the first painting I posted last year was The Journey. It’s a piece I did of a little boy who looks as if he’s trying to find his way. I captioned that piece and said, “I’m not exactly sure how it will happen but God will allow me to open a gallery in 2020.” Little did I know at the time what was ahead. A pandemic, a fight for racial justice, personal healing, a wake up call about self care and a summer of immense growth. I started the year king of like the little boy in this image... tucked behind a wall of busyness and stress but like the little boy in the photo I also was ready to unlock somethings within myself and begin to breakout all the potential that was there to action. There was pain and loss required to grow. I spent more time with God, more time with myself, and focused on those things that were true priorities. From April - September I committed to working out more, resting, and eating better. In November, I signed the lease to a gallery and media studio in Bridgeport. In December, I was named Interim CEO at work. I’ve gone through so many personal changes this year and experienced a ton of growth in 2020 and I’m grateful. Like all of us, I’ve experienced loss, some challenges, and pain. Through it all however, I’m excited for 2021. I know the best is ahead. I painted this as a reminder, especially for young men that you may fall, you may experience hardship or pain, but you can get back up and continue to fight. Life isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, and fortunately this race isn’t given to the fastest runner but to those with the most endurance.
From Prince To King (2020)
Acrylic on Canvas
For my nephew DJ, Derrick, Binjamon, Dorian, Malachi, Khalil, Andrew, Jalen, Jalyen, John, Issa, Emmanuel, Yoshi, TJ, Dion, Diamond and all the young men I’ve had the opportunity to mentor over the years.