The drawings in the Love Bravely series are a celebration of joy and a call to action. For me, Black joy is a vibrant, unapologetic expression of love and celebration; defiant joy born out of struggle and pain. In the Love Bravely series, I embrace the form of the heart as a vehicle for that expression. I begin each drawing by painting my paper black, an act that has become a meaningful process for me. The hearts grow from the beautiful blackness of the paper, a tangle of lines and color. I believe in love as a powerful force of change. Through brave love, we can find joy in our current moment despite the challenges of our time, and we can push forward towards a more just future.