I was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. My passion for art, specifically drawing and painting dates back to my growing years in Takoradi, a southwestern harbour city in Ghana. In pursuit of this passion, I graduated from the College of Art, of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, in 2002 with a B.F.A. in Painting & Printmaking. I studied under Professors R. T. Ackam, Ato Delaquis, Ben Ofei Nyarko and Mr. Godfred Annum. I have also been greatly influenced by great master painters like Prof. Ablade Glover, Jose Luis Fuenteteja, Bob Ross, and Thomas Kinkade.
Since arriving in the United States, I have been working mainly on pencil drawings of animals especially dogs, cats, birds, etc using my own developed unprecedented technique of drawing called “Contour and Shade”. I also specialize in landscape painting, mostly trees rendered in acrylics or oil paint to help promote environmental consciousness and to address certain social issues based on the personal belief that my concepts, themes, and medium of expression can help communicate and reach the conscience of the society about the need to protect animals and the environment. My main source of inspiration is from God’s marvellous creation – people, animals, trees, etc. Occasionally, I work in pastels, and “Adinkraduro” ( A Ghanaian local cloth – making dye made from the bark of the Baobab tree )
I also teach Drawing and Painting classes for all ages, usually in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. I’m presently a member of the Art Leaque of Germantown, MD, USA, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick MD, USA, as well as the Professional Painters Association of Ghana. In 2001, I was awarded “First Place – People Choice Award” in a joint woodcut printmaking exhibition which showcased prints from my graduating class and a student group from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI, USA. This exhibition was organized by Alliance Francais, and held at The International Trade fair Center in Accra, Ghana.
Most of my drawings, paintings, and prints have been exhibited mainly in Ghana, West Africa, and Maryland, USA, in solo and group shows since 2001.