In 2009, a year after graduating from Howard University with a degree in Business Marketing, I found myself laid off from my corporate job in New York City. While considering options for future work, I decided to explore my passion for the arts. It was during that time that I found painting. A few months later I decided to make that my "real job".

While surviving as a painter in New York, I discovered my voice as a creative among some of the city's most talented artists. In those 4 years I could be found live painting at events, instructing art classes, managing a creative retail brand in Brooklyn, or participating in numerous art shows both group and solo. My best received project during that period was The Hip Hop Coloring Book- a critically acclaimed, educational activity book, that teaches Hip Hop history while strengthening the user's creativity.

I relocated to Oakland, CA in 2013 and became a creative freelancer that specializes in brand strategy and design. Freelancing enables me to pursue my art, which is currently focused on street art & murals. When I'm not working or making art i'm teaching middle school kids how to make art.

Contact me If you would like to discuss educational opportunities, design projects, or other creative endeavors.

phone: (510) 320-3757

email: creativeshields@gmail.com

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