Stand for Trayvon
My name is Andrea Noel and I am a self-taught artist. I was born in Selma, Alabama, but spent my formative years in Trinidad and Tobago. For the past 18 years, I’ve resided in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, and recently moved to the city of Baltimore, MD.
I started drawing with sharpie markers, and learned the fundamentals of my artistic style, back in 2002 while earning my Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Howard University.
My artwork is a living testament to the influences of my Trinidadian roots, with several of my art pieces reflecting the essence of Trinidad’s Carnival, from its bright hues and sharp lines to its dynamic patterns and provocative themes.
I get inspiration from several places: friends and family, current events, books, and music. My artwork is also deeply rooted in my experiences as an African American woman in this country. Themes illustrated in my art include religion, spirituality, social justice, health, and sexuality.
Since 2008, I’ve created over 30 commissioned pieces and participated in more than 25 art exhibitions and marketplaces in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. In 2017, I published my first book, Kinks, Perms and Afros: A Coloring Book Celebrating Black Women’s Hair. Please follow me on Instagram and Facebook to learn about events and new projects I am working on.