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.
Twyla Graham, Community Outreach Intern - Newark, NJ
Twyla Graham is a student currently studying Journalism, having experience in writing, podcasting, and other forms of media work. She knows how to reach individuals and spread the voice of any community. In her career, she is focused on finishing her studies and working on a project that'll create a platform for women of color that will cultivate space, joy & wellness through the community. Twyla is capable and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. She is inspired daily by her immediate family alongside a close creative community of friends that keep her grounded. Twyla likes to travel, visit local coffee shops to get work done and learn new hobbies such as web development in her free time.
Cindy Crawford, Administrative Intern - Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Cindy Crawford is a student and emerging self-taught artist based in Tobago who is versed in different mediums, including acrylic paint and charcoal. She also dabbles in photography uses her time and skills to translate everyday life into various pieces of art that depict life through a unique lens. Cindy welcomes opportunities to highlight the arts in the Caribbean and collaborate with artists interested in the bringing diversity and cultural arts to the community.