Working predominantly as a painter, I tell short stories of justice and social improvement. Using portraiture and protest paintings that represent the African American experience, I examine the ways in which past issues affect the present. I experiment with various formalist approaches; family relationships are the framework that connects disparate bodies of work and show how joy and trauma are intrinsically connected. Through my work, I invite viewers to see the world through my eyes, fostering an intimate experience between audience member and subject. By encouraging this shift in perspective, I hope to counteract the stereotypes of the absent Black father, using my practice to push back against racist narratives.