BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT (BGWP) is an ecosystem with 2 goals in mind - (1) to show actual Black girls who paint that the arts is a viable career path and (2) to normalize Black women in the arts as a whole. In accomplishing both, a community of successful Black women artists has formed - one that Founder Sasha-Loriene always wanted to see as a young girl. BGWP is also a platform created by a Black woman who paints and believes in increasing the visibility and investment of Black women artists through sharing our art and our stories.
Why? Because when we see ourselves, we believe in ourselves and encourage others to do the same.
- Sasha-Loriene, Founder & CEO of BGWP, Owner Mahyue Studios LLC
BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT is powered by Mahyue Studios LLC, an arts incubator that encourages artists to reacquaint themselves with their inner child – the child who created independent of status quo. Mahyue Studios believes artists deserve to live in their purpose, tell their own stories, and have sustainable art practices.
Sasha-Loriene - Washington, DC Metropolitan area (DMV)
Sasha-Loriene is an artist who captures her thoughts, feelings, and interpretation of the world in every piece. The goal of her art practice is to tell a story and create a personal experience that encourages viewer introspection. Sasha-Loriene uses bold colors, shapes, and subject matter to highlight the human experience and the intersectionality between identity (who we are externally), self (who we are internally), and purpose (who we are intrinsically). By focusing on her own self-discovery, she has tapped into a whimsical method of storytelling that liberates others to do the same.
As the founder of Mahyue Studios and BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT®, she bridges together identity, self, and purpose on a larger scale, cultivating the community she needed as a young girl.
Essie King - Lafayette, LA
Essie comes to us with a marketing background in the arts nonprofit sector. It was there she discovered her passion for arts promotion and development. She hopes to continue to foster the BGWP community, increase brand awareness, and connect artists to the resources they need...
Christie Jones - Denver, CO
Christie Jones is currently a Museum and Heritage Studies major at Arizona State University. She is an artist and writing consultant. She creates unique jewelry that expresses Blackness. She is the founder of Black Writing Project, a contemporary Black arts movement. She creates unique, custom-designed writing experiences for participants that transforms their thinking and moves them to action for positive change. Participants have the opportunity to create art that speaks to issues of social justice and create action plans to implement in the community to create sustainable change. Her goal after graduation is to grow her virtual art gallery and programming that exclusively focuses on Black art, history, and culture.
Sierra Harris - Brooklyn, NY
Sierra is a writer and a multidisciplinary artist. She has a gift of translating the nuance of the human experience into creative forms that allow for intersectional interpretation. Her work is informed by her dedication to empowering women, healing trauma and living alignment with one’s intuition and most authentic self. Authenticity, feminine power, ascension and transformation are common themes in her art.
Through living and creating from the seat of her soul and allowing her light to shine her intention is that others will see themselves reflected and do the same. Sierra is currently developing her written portfolio and conducting womanism research to support her upcoming projects.