For You

♪They ask me what I do and who I do it for ♪ -Tauheed Epps

How do I juggle a full time job, business ventures, events, hobbies, a social life, relationships, AND my sanity?? Why do I care about setting a positive example, giving back to the community, and sharing my story? 

I do it for my grandmother who worked her butt off as single parent and underpaid school teacher to provide a good life for five kids, ten grandkids, and fifteen great grandkids, all the while remaining resilient through discrimination and urban decay.

I do it for the beautiful queen who pushed me into this world whilst pushing her dreams aside to nurture my development. Sacrificing alone time to feed my curiosity… Losing sleep to pray for my well being… cheering the loudest when I had no voice left to cheer for myself.

I do it for the mighty king who still loved me as he maneuvered through massive storms and torrential down pours… vowing to learn from his mistakes and serve as a positive role model in living life with honesty and integrity.

I do it for those that carried  the weight of the world on their backs just so I could have a better life, pushing resiliency through my bloodline like a vaccine. Those that wouldn’t rest until their best foot was set forward. The waymakers. The believers. The achievers.

I accept the challenge. I receive it.  I’ve inherited the responsibility to make a difference. To pay it forward. To continue laying the building blocks towards greatness. 

For you,

Naté

Ode to Jackson

My painting style lately has been heavily influenced by “action painting,” made famous by Jackson Pollack during the Abstract Expressionist movement. With this technique, I go wherever the brush takes me via quick flicks of the wrist fueled by my emotions. The canvas becomes my safe haven where I dwell freely as long as I please. I purge my thoughts with no fear of judgement. Once I feel cleansed, I know the painting is complete. A critic once called Pollack’s work “mere unorganized explosions of random energy, and therefore meaningless.” This critic was clearly misinformed. “Meaning” sometimes lies within energy itself and how it manifests during the creative process. Art is not always the depiction of an actual object, nor does it always tell a cohesive story. Sometimes, art can merely be a point in time captured through the transference of paint onto a canvas. For me, that personal look into an artist’s mind is much more intriguing… But that’s just me.