Banana Leaves & Royalty
This painting was a quick manifestation inspired by a combination of the musical artist Patra, the photography of my good friend Reesee Ziggazagga, & the beautiful voice of singer Brent Faiyaz in the song “No one Knows.”
For years I’ve suggested Reesee Ziggazagga to people based on seeing her photography alone. I started modelling at 14 and she’s been the biggest photographer to me since then. I quit modelling at 19 and lost my personal definition of success.
Since then I had magical babies who look like me (yay) but I was dead on confidence until age 24. My body changed drastically and I wasn’t surrounded by the best of people to support my new beauty as a woman that carried life with proof. Now at 26 I found the woman I am and I’m ready for the gifts of life👏🏼👏🏼
Now if you ask me what do I think success is? This.
Women empowering women. Enabling eachother to be better through their craft. Setting in stone the winning moments.
Very grateful for the entire team of women that created this magic with me.
Inspired by the beautiful duet Zhané from the 90s. Referenced from the music video “Sending My Love”
These beauties were featured at “Queendom” an event held by Black Women Bridging Borders at York University. They were sold by the end of the night!!!
This piece was created in 2 days & was an invigorating free hand study. My reference for the male was Metro Boomin of course. The album I had bumping was THEY. It was just a positive feeling to manifest this particular vision.
Don’t stress the progress!
I’m in a daze when I think of this creation. Understand me when I say I challenge myself with this art adventure. I’m self taught so a lot comes about as what images make sense in my mind to emulate. Basically all deriving from memory rather than references. I didn’t think I could articulate eyes with my paintbrush but I gave it my all. Can’t wait to further the progression.