#SayTheirNames is a project which, for me, began with Breonna Taylor. On the day that would be her 27th birthday, I painted her portrait. I caught myself smiling back at her smiling image, forgetting
that I was painting a girl who was no longer with us. It was a very painful moment; this realization. The painful moment passed and with it the fear, the anger, the sickness and nausea of a haunted void.
In these moments art is Catharsis.
I want her smile to stay like a triumph and I wish to mourn all the victims with bright colors.
I want their looks, their smiles, their names to be imprinted into people’s memories forever.