broke girl art

here you will find a collection of my work along with a brief description and details about the inspiration behind the artwork. if you are interested in purchasing a piece of art or would like to request custom art, please contact me via e-mail: declined@brokebuthighmaintenance.com.

the story behind the "no faces"

my broke girls have no faces because i want every brown + black girl to view themselves as the muse. when i first started painting, i was my own muse. being a brown girl with natural hair, i wanted to showcase my beauty + my being to the world through my own lens. once i realized how much of an influence my art had on other brown + black beauties, i wanted to spearhead a movement celebrating the beauty of all brown skinned, natural haired women. i then felt compelled to be more inclusive by celebrating various hairstyles, body types and skin tones. there comes a time where we realize that it is okay to celebrate ourselves, but we also have a responsibility to make sure we are all celebrated.


naomi
24x30 stretched canvas, acrylic paint, satin finish
inspired by none other than the beautiful naomi campbell wearing corinne cobson.


ysl hunnie
24x30 stretched canvas, acrylic paint
commissioned to do this piece.
inspired by yasmeen ghauri in yves saint laurent.




balmain princesses
12x16 canvas panels, acrylic paint, satin finish
inspired by different pieces from the balmain collection.


oh, rudi
12x16 canvas panel, acrylic paint, satin finish
rudi gernreich's monokini.


foxy
12x16 canvas panel, acrylic paint, satin finish
wearing dolce & gabbana.


got the blues
12x16 canvas panel, acrylic paint, satin finish
wearing rifat ozbek.


trussardi
12x16 canvas panel, acrylic paint, satin finish
wearing trussardi.

the story behind the "flowers"

when you think of the growth of a flower, it`s something magical and that`s how i view my growth as a person. when we take care of ourselves + nurture ourselves, we aren't defeated by the hardships that we face; we still blossom into the beautiful flower that we were meant to be. that`s what i want to represent.


from the concrete, who knew
24x48 stretched canvas, acrylic paint, satin finish
roses wearing gaetano navarra.


hello sunshine
16x20 stretched canvas, acrylic paint, satin finish
sunflower inspired by helena christensen wearing karl lagerfield.


tulip in helmut
16x20 canvas panel, acrylic paint, satin finish
inspired by helmut lang.


breast cancer awareness
16x20 canvas panel, acrylic paint, satin finish
created to inspire those who are/were affected by breast cancer.