Maisha is Swahili for Life. This set of work is a representation of life as a Black American, but of images and styles that are not common representations of Black Americans. This is the current direction of my work and the start of a conversation on these ideals of race and what are the boundaries and how do we deteriorate those lines. Maisha is a set of paintings and collage work using drawer liner or wrapping paper to create areas of flat and diverse pattern. This comes after asking about the use of flat pattern in a couple of visiting artist’s work that I enjoyed. I have constantly explored the backgrounds or settings I give to the figures of my work and working on those relationship of color and context with my pieces. The flat pattern is used for many reasons in my own work, but the most important for me, is to keep the viewers eyes moving around the piece.