beautiful americans

portraits, 2017

During Black History Month, in response to the newly elected president and the appointment of his cabinet, as a daily meditative act, I made a series of portraits of American citizens whose work or lives have brought insight or inspiration to me and others, and who have undoubtedly made the world a better place. I posted the works with accompanying text daily to Instagram. Click on a portrait to see the corresponding Instagram post.


Ink on acid-free paper, 12" x 8.5"

Thelonious Monk

Ida B. Wells

Pauli Murray

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

James Baldwin

Kara Walker

Oney "Ona" Maria Judge

Marlon Riggs

Dr. Harry Clark

Thelonious Monk

Dick Gregory

Gwenn Ifill

Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley


Roxanne Gay


Thomas Andrew Dorsey

Sun Ra

Kenneth W Goings

Vanessa German

Charles Blow

Bryan Stevenson

stevie wonder

Leslie Jones


John Stewart Rock

Kara Walker

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