I was raised with two sisters. And I was the middle child.

Growing up in a house full of women, I wanted my voice to be heard. But I was always told to be silent. Whenever I would ask a question I was told to be quiet. When I persisted, I got a reputation for talking back. All I wanted was clarity and to know my voice and my feelings mattered.

As a young woman, I was continually told to remain silent and to hide my emotions. Hide your vulnerability. Hide your strength. Hide your pain. Basically, I was told to hide being human. Well, all this oppression began to bubble up inside of me. Then, one day my feelings exploded onto a canvas. And for the first time in my life, I was able to speak freely.

By painting my truth, I am no longer silenced. I’ve always had a voice. But I was punished whenever I used it. But now, I can speak freely. And I say, “It’s OK to be vulnerable. It’s OK to be strong. It’s OK to be sensual. It’s OK to be ME.”

By sharing my art, I hope to give women a strong, articulate, unapologetic voice. It’s OK to be YOU. And truth will no longer be silenced.