I was inspired to create this series after studying portraits painted by the famous historical artist Henri Matisse. 

Matisse's portraits really resonated with me because he pushed what was the "norm" back then and started to paint people with all sorts of colors instead of just the same traditional skin tones that everyone else was using.

Matisse's "wild" use of color is what inspired me to try my hand at abstract portraits  of some of my favorite rappers like Ice Cube and Mac Dre.