Who do you like?
There's a wide gamut, going back to some of the old masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and others, but also a lot of local artist too.Â Some of the names I don't even remember but I remember the work.
How did you find your own voice?
That's something that develops over time, doing the work and growing, that's what leads to your voice.Â Actually I'm still growing. I'd like to go back to school.
You look like a master, I could learn from you and you want to go back to school?
I don't consider myself a master; I haven't reached where I feel I have mastered the skills. Actually, you know, you never stop learning, but me I still think I have a long way to go.Â
Where did you grow up?
Right in Brooklyn, I wasn't born here; I was born in Tennessee, but spent most of my life here.
Because your work is so celebratory of Africa, I was wondering have you ever visited Africa?
No, I guess you could call it traveling second class through documentaries, National Geographic and what have you. I love the people.Â As a youth, when I first saw images of the people, I just loved them. There's something about the purity and innocence of people that haven't been affected, like over here, by the west.