"Well, I don't see color."
These were the words that propelled me into entrepreneurship and a life of justice work. After being the only Black woman working in a predominantly white small business for a few years, I came face-to-face with a boss who had no desire to invest in DEI or take action against the racism I was experiencing.
After saving up a few paychecks, I quit my job in 2019 and started a digital marketing and graphic design agency that helped positive, mission-based brands use social media for maximum impact. Not long after, I got my first iPad as a Christmas gift and began doodling for fun and posting artwork on my Instagram page.
Fresh air and sunlight, a London Fog tea latte, iPad doodles, a nap by the window, and lighting a candle.
Watching movies, running wild at Disney World, laughing with my husband, and eating real good food!
Telling the truth in love, long convos with friends, doing what makes your heart sing, and making other people feel seen.
Today, I continue using art and words to help people seek justice and stay hopeful. Whether through collaborations with brands and organizations (like Target, Old Navy, Coach, the Boys and Girls Club, and Teach for America to name a few!), selling stationery and home decor through my online store, speaking in front of audiences, or creating content on social media, I want to inspire people like you to live a more just and hopeful life by doing good daily–right where you're planted.
My artwork seeks to take complex ideas and make them more digestible and easier to understand for everyday advocates who are passionate about justice and empathy.
What started as a series of Black History Month illustrations in February of 2020 snowballed into a collection of illustrated infographics that spoke to the heart of some of our country's most complex issues surrounding racism and inequity. In the summer of 2020, over 300,000 people started following along with my artwork in the span of one week, catapulting these illustrations into the center of critical conversations.
Early 2000s Pop
The launch of my first book!
Take my Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
The state of Black History
in U.S. schools
Our Planet II