I started making art seriously as a portrait artist.?This portrait of Aaliyah was done as part of a series for a calendar for breast cancer in which I was building my portfolio as a graphic designer. Her grandmother passed away from the disease, which made the cause near and dear to Aaliyah. I was at work with a buncha folk around her age, early 20s-something, when they heard the news of her passing from a plane crash over the waters of the Bahamas. Oddly enough, it had been said that she’d spoken of death quite a?bit?before her untimely death. Not as a person who was afraid of it but thinking deeply on the transition of it.
When I composed the 12 portraits, I got to know Aaliyah’s music and something about her life. She was, at the time, engaged to be married to producer, Damon Dash, who said, in the year they had been together, “We never had an argument.” Many a men wish they could?say that, I’m sure.
Prior to her early parting, she was making her way on the big screen and starred in Romeo Must Die. She was close to music producer, Quincy Jones, who said upon her passing, “I am absolutely devastated.”
Though, gone too soon, Aaliyah left behind a legacy of music that’s timeless.
You can learn more about the life and music of Aaliyah by visiting her official website.