BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT (BGWP) is an ecosystem created to support and empower Black women artists by promoting positive representation, sisterhood, and community - one that Founder Sasha-Loriene always wanted as a young girl. As such, BGWP is also a platform formed by a Black woman who paints that believes in increasing our visibility so young black girls can see themselves in the art world. In doing so, BGWP empowers Black women and girls to share their art and story 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, a creative agency 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 Studioes 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. &



Korina Isler - Washington, DC

Korina views her relationship with art as an ongoing journey to creativity. She found her artistic home in mixed media work with paint and canvas. Korina loves teaching young children and adults alike, that you don’t need much to get painting and creating. She believes that the most beautiful pieces are often made when you are low on supplies and high on creativity. Connecting creative black women artists and empowering them has become a passion for Korina.

Korina’s current work focuses on re-imagining the magic that is everyday life. She focuses on the “how” rather than the “what”. Korina hopes to provide more women of color with the safe space and tools to carve out their place in this world. <



Erin Johnson - Los Angeles, CA

Erin Johnson is a college senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills located in Carson, CA. She is currently studying for her Bachelors of Arts and Humanities degree in Communications-Advertising/Public Relations.

She aspires to be a Publicist and/or a Social Media Manager for Black-owned beauty companies. She also hopes to become someone that can empower Black women. 


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...