While music has played the driving force in his business career, Otha’s passion for the arts has served as his key to sanity in the fast paced entertainment industry. Drawing inspiration from women, relationships, emotions, music and the African American experience, his mixed medium paintings have been sold to collectors and art enthusiasts throughout Los Angeles and the Southeast region of the U.S. With only a few months under his belt on the Los Angeles art scene, Otha has showcased his art at the Noho Art Gallery, The Key Club, Media Temple Studios, The Alexandria Hotel, The Holding Co. Studios, Opulen Studios and the Rochester Art House, amongst others. He also just closed a month and a half solo exhibition at the Emerging Art Scene Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
“I grew up overweight…so I wasn’t always the most confident. Sometimes you can’t find the words to express your innermost feelings and art has always served as an emotional release for me….in the same vein of Like Water For Chocolate. The pencil, paintbrush or whatever medium I use is simply an extension of my deepest thought and desire at the time. I think that’s why I love the heavy contrast of black and white images so much…there’s so much emotion displayed. At the same time, I love the way colors pop and grab your attention. Both mediums allow me to grab a hold of your senses and suck you into my world…even if just for a brief moment.”
To view more of Otha’s work, visit Vakseen.com