Artist / Filmmaker
The Walt Disney Company
Photograph provided by George Scribner
What were some of your earliest indications that art was more than a hobby?
I’ve been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. My mother and grandmother, who were both from the West Indies, painted, and as a kid I was surrounded with their paintings and drawings. I have very vivid memories of watching my grandmother paint and the smell of turpentine.
You attended The Bolles School here in Jacksonville – what kind of support or direction did you receive from faculty?
I had an art teacher at Bolles named Betty Huddleston who was the first to make me feel I had some talent. As a kid I didn’t have much confidence, and to get this kind of response from her meant everything to me. I still think of her and wish she were here so I could tell her about the work I ended up doing at Disney, and how much her confidence and faith meant to me when I was fourteen years old. I know it would’ve meant a lot to her.