~To inspire positive and progressive thought and action through my Art~



  • 1973-1977 Bachelor of Arts in Communications Simmons College,

  • Boston, Massachusetts  (Simmons Honors Academy)

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston 1974-1977 

  • Massachusetts College of Art  1977-78

  • Notre Dame Academy High School (1969—77 National Honor Society)

  • Workshops for Careers in the Arts (1970-1973) (Presently Duke Ellington High School)



Julee Designs (since 1977)-Freelance Artist including designer, illustrator, muralist, educator

Young Masters, Inc.-  Outreach Director (Since 1986)


  • 2005 Residency to Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia

  • 2002- 2007 Artist in Residence for Akebulan Academy and the Anacostia Museum (Smithsonian)

  • 2004 Artist in Residence- Washington Tennis and Education Foundation

  • 1998 Artist in Residence- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts



  • 2008-”Black Matter” - Zenith Gallery @ 1111 Penn Ave Wash DC

  • 2008-”Love, Hope, and Peace”- Paul John II Cultural Center Wash DC

  • 2007 - “Art DC”  Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

  • 2007- “Art-o-matic”  Arlington, Va.

  • 2007- “Erotica”  The Graham Collection, Washington, DC

  • 2006- “Miami Basel” Miami, Florida

  • 2005-6-The Anacostia Museum  (Washington, DC)

  • 2005 -6 “Hidden Treasures” and “Found” The Graham Collection, (Washington DC)

  • 2005 The Corcoran Museum of Art, “Expressions” (Washington, DC)

  • 2004 The Jazz Museum, “Something for the Soul” (Kansas City, Mo.)

  • 2003 Simmons College Trustman Gallery (Boston, Massachusetts)2002

  • Hair-Raising Tales Griot Cinema (U Street Washington, DC)

  • 2009-Songs for our Mothers

  • 2011-Conversations in Dinqnesh

  • 2012-Brookland Temporioum

  • 2013-15 Bus Boys & Poets




Essence Magazine, Mid-Atlantic Race Equity Center, Black Classics Press (Logo and Book Covers), Simmons College (Abafazi Logo and illustrations), Sweet Honey In the Rock (3 Album Covers), Howard University Press (3 Book Covers),  The Northeast Star (Premier Cover), The Washington Informer, Offices of Black Catholics (Washington, Baltimore, and National), WPFW Program Guide (3 covers), Moratorium on Prison Construction, Black Arts Review, Black Art International Review



Essence Magazine 25th Anniversary Celebration, Ideal Learning School, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Anacostia Museum, Germantown Library,  Sidwell Friends, Allen Chapel AME, Concerned Black Men, Friendship Public Charter School



  • 2005 Police Boys Club #11 North Star Expedition Mural and Quilt  and  I See D.C. Mural

  • 2004 Brookland Homecoming Bridge Mural with the Young Masters

  • 2003 Coordinated Recreation vs. Re-creation Mural at Mosley Athletic Complex

  • 2001 Blowing Up the Brookland Bridge with Art w/ The Young Masters

  • 2000 The Butterfly Garden Capitol Area Community Food Bank

  • 1999 Stone Soup Mural Capitol Area Community Food Bank

  • 1998 Remembering U Street Washington Historical Society

  • 1997 The Magic Flute Mural (coordinated) for The Washington Opera House @ Metro Center

  • 1996 Seeking Harmonies with the Hickory Environmental & Educational Facility 


Collections:  The Roland Freeman Quilt Collection, A’lelia Bundles Madam C.J. Walker Collection, DAMALI  Art Collection, Eloise Greenfield,  Bernice Regan, the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum


Administrator, Mentor

1996-1998-Corcoran School and Museum of Fine Arts VACOP Coordinator, Mentor, Head Mentor


Teaching Highlights:

As an artist I have worked as an independent contractor visiting many schools to share the gift of Art.  I have also had an enriched educational experience through parenting 5 children through Montessori, Magnet, Public, Parochial, Private, and Home School Experiences.

  • 2008-Stevens Elementary School (Art Experience for the children in a school that has been denied an Arts Program)

  •  Elementary School, McGogney Elementary School, Brookland Elementary School

  • 1998- Pat Harris Middle School for Corcoran’s VACOP program in East of the River Arts Program (in conjunction with the Kennedy Center, Levine School of Music, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities) -SE Washington, DC 

  • 1992-1994 St. Anthony’s Art Program- 250 Students at St. Anthony’s Grade School  NE Wash. DC

  • 1991- Somerset High School (Now Parkmont School)- NW Washington DC

  • 1992- The Young Masters Brown Spices Elves’ Workshop

  • 1989 - The Art Barn - Rock Creek Park - NW Washington, DC



The Dance of the Rain Gods

Africa World Press, 1994


Pretty Teeth, Pretty Smiles & Dwaynes First Visit to the Dentist

(Written by Dr. Pat Niles)

Howard University Dental School Publishers 1992


Brown Spices ABC Book

Brown Spices Publishing 1984, 2986, 1990

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