BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT (BGWP) is a safe space created to support and empower black women painters as we navigate through our artistic endeavors by promoting sisterhood, community, and positive representation. Although we tend to be few and far between in our artistic journeys, black women painters are a force to be reckoned with. Representation will soon reflect this. As such, BGWP is also a platform formed by a black girl (woman) who paints that believes in increasing our visibility and resources while encouraging meaningful relationships and conversations. In doing so, we are empowering black girls and women to invest in themselves, their craft(s), and their business.
- Sasha-Loriene, Founder and CEO of BGWP, Owner of Sasha-Loriene LLC
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Location: Bowie, MD
About: Sasha-Loriene is a self-taught painter currently based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area(DMV) who captures her thoughts, feelings, and interpretation of the world in every piece. Sasha-Loriene’s passion and raw talent have ignited her lifelong mission of encouraging creativity, thought, and expression in the community. As such, she created BGWP on September 4th, 2017 as a specific effort to increase the visibility, resources, and access for black women painters around the world - something she would have liked to see as a young girl. Currently, Sasha-Loriene uses her work to challenge the status quo on and off the canvas, as she digs deeper into finding her place as a black woman in the arts and defining what femininity means to her. With growing support and drive for success, Sasha-Loriene continues to flourish as an eccentric artist and propel BGWP forward as an inspiration for others interested in influencing the culture of art.
What does being a “black girl who paints” mean to Sasha-Loriene?
Being a black girl who paints is a daily reminder that I give myself permission to be unapologetically me. I choose to control my own narrative, how I’m seen, and what story I tell. I intentionally live my truth without the burden of subscribing to someone else’s expectations at my own expense.
MEET OUR AMBASSADORS
Name: Adrienne Randle, artistically known as, "Addie Rawr"
Location: Norfolk, VA
About: Adrienne Randle hails from Norfolk, VA and received her Bachelors in Creative Advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) while creating her brainchild, Art & Ambition - the heart and soul of everything Addie. After creating, selling and networking for years, Addie is ready to share what she's learned and what has helped her along the way. She has created a space that allows her supporters or any upcoming artist, entrepreneur and artreprenurs into her journey as she turns Art & Ambition into a full service creative agency!
What does being a "black girl who paints" mean to Addie?
"Being a black girl who paints allows me to have a voice in three powerful ways - being a woman, being black, and being artistic! I know that I have the power within me to create conversations and give new perspectives."
Name: Jamie Isaac, also known as, "Jaine Creates"
Location: Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area (DMV)
About: Jamie Isaac is a multimedia artist + maker who received her degree in Studio Art from Montgomery College and launched her “Jaine Creates: Handmade and Painted Collection” soon after. Currently, Jamie focuses on a variety of mediums, including painting, jewelry making, photography , and design. Her enjoyment comes from the pure experimentation of making art with different materials and letting her feelings explode into her work. She stays true to the saying, “artists can make anything out of nothing.”
What does being a "black girl who paints" mean to Jamie?
Exactly that, a Black Woman who loves to paint - where I'm free to express myself as I choose and no one else has the power to dictate how I do. I create my own art community while also building my community.
Name: Michelle Alexander, artistically known as, “The Pour Artist NJ"
Location: Newark, NJ
About: In 2014, after more than a decade of teaching Art to K-12 students and a bartender, Michelle Alexander decided to expand instruction to clients who wanted to create Art for social events. As an Artist, she creates original artwork for her portfolio and clients. She is an Art Advocate, who mentors students and encourages individuals from all art forms to inspire through their medium. The Pour Artist NJ is an Art-preneur with a mission to expose individuals of all ages to the Arts and inspire unrestrained creativity.
What does being a "black girl who paints" mean to Michelle?
Being a "black girl who paints" means that I'm committed to being myself and doing exactly what I've been created to do. After years of listening to people saying how being an artist isn't a career and won't provide security, it's time for me to prove them wrong and share my gift with the world.
Name: Stacie Monday
Location: Dallas, TX
About: Stacie Monday is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She began painting in 2014 and is self taught. Her primary medium is acrylics, but she is also a photographer. Her work has two purposes; to celebrate African American women and to be an activist in her community. Her art includes her struggles, experiences, and lessons learned as a woman in America. Each painting is filled with vibrant colors and is full of emotion. She creates the art she needed to see when she was growing up. She is honored to be a storyteller in her community.
What does being a "black girl who paints" mean to Stacie?
It means being free to create no matter what the world throws at you. We are inspiring the younger generation to follow their dreams.
Name: Maya Peréz
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
About: Maya Peréz’s love for art began as soon as she was able to hold a pencil. Countless watercolors and coloring books opened her heart to the joy of creating. Over the years, painting has shown Maya a whole new world of direction and purpose! Art is truly something magical that allows her to connect with life on a level deeper than she had ever imagined. As such, much of Maya’s art reflects themes of nature, female empowerment, the cosmos, and whimsical designs.
What does being a "black girl who paints" mean to Maya?
Being apart of BGWP means I belong to a sisterhood of artists dedicated to painting, having a voice, and showing up and being seen.
MEET OUR INTERN
Location: Philadephia, PA
About: Taylor Sanders is our new BGWP Intern! She’s from Maryland and has painted most of her life and appreciate all forms of art, from photography to sculpture. Taylor considers herself an art enthusiast but also loves traveling. She’s been to three countries and hopes to see more of what is out in the world soon. Currently, Taylor attends Temple University majoring in Art History with a minor in International Business. Off campus, she volunteers at “The Colored Girls Museum” and blogs about local artists and art events in the Washington, DC area. In the future, she would like to work as an art dealer and a curator focusing on inclusion in museum spaces that lack diversity. Taylor hopes to see a future where young girls that look like her do not have to question why aren’t there people that look like them in art institutions.
What does being a "black girl who paints" mean to Taylor?
Being a black girl who paints means that I am blessed with a beautiful gift to create from my imagination. I feel empowered by my skills and by others that share it. We are brilliant and magical all in one.