Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Divinity from Howard University in 2002 and 2007 respectively.
From as far back as I can remember, art has always been my secret getaway—my spiritual retreat. Any attempt I ever made to suppress my love for it has always left me feeling empty and frustrated. When I finally gave in, and rounded the bend along my circuitous journey back to art, I came to understand, as did Pablo Picasso, that "Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life." Thus, in order to gain further insight into its therapeutic potential, I pursued and attained a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 2011.
As a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), I currently serve as a full-time Psychotherapist at a community health organization that specializes in providing culturally competent care to marginalized populations in Washington, DC, specifically those living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community. Additionally, I have conducted countless art therapy workshops with a variety of schools, government agencies, community and faith-based organizations and churches for individuals of all ages and abilities in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Through my work, I help individuals tap into their inner strengths and sense of resiliency in an effort to loosen the grip negative self-talk, trauma and shame can have on their lives.
As an artist-therapist, maintaining a strong artist identity is essential to the work I do. My first solo art exhibition entitled, "Sankofa: Prophetic Reflections on a Resilient Faith of a People" opened at the Church of the Pilgrims in 2007 and was loaned to Emory United Methodist Church in Washington, DC through 2010. My work was displayed at Artomatic in 2012 and 2015, with some pieces featured in the "Artist in Me" Silent Art Auction held at Moca DC in Georgetown in 2013. My most recent exhibition was featured at the Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC in celebration of Black History Month in February 2017.