Ohso is a self-taught, International mixed media Artist, born & raised in New Orleans, LA! She grew up in Gert Town, a mid-city neighborhood, home to Xavier University and Blue-Plate Artists' Lofts (formerly Blue-Plate Mayonnaise Factory). Although her family history is riddled with poverty, abuse, addiction, estrangement, and transitional homelessness, her work often repeats the themes of peace, beauty, strength, and growth thru wisdom. Ohso began creating detailed drawings by the age of three & primarily paints imaginative, 3-D composition portraits of Women of Color, with "Living Waters as a prominent, recurring biblical metaphor.
As a mixed media artist, she enjoys incorporating acrylics, airbrushes, celluclay, inks, pastels, fabric paints, and block stamp printing in her work. Ohso attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts – N.O.C.C.A. and is a graduate of John F. Kennedy Sr. High School. She also studied psychology & fine art at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA. Ohso later graduated with a degree in Computer Graphic Design from Remington College (formerly Southeast College of Technology) in Metairie, LA, and was inducted into the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society in 1999.
Although she gained valuable skills while at N.O.C.C.A., the instruction at the time focused on "Old Masters" so there was a disconnect because she didn't identify with white, male artists. For a long time, she was left with the impression that artists lived poor lives and didn't make money until after they were dead. Even as a freshman in college, one of her art professors was so impressed by her portfolio stated, “There is nothing I can teach you.” After this, Ohso found herself in limbo and considered her art more of a hobby until 1996 when she had her first gallery experience where she met "Living Artists!” “They were Talented, Black, Indigenous People of Color that I didn't even know existed and my mind was blown! They looked like me, I could make connections and even got some guidance from them, and it was then I decided to make art my profession!” Over the next few years, Ohso worked in retail sales and management. In her spare time, she took on a non-paid internship at The Neighborhood Gallery under the guidance and support of the owners Sandra Berry & Joshua Walker, while functioning as a Freelance Art Educator & Graphic Designer. In the Spring of 2005 Ohso founded ArtistiKIDS! An arts program for gifted & talented children! Sadly, the fall of that same year Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home and business forcing her family to relocate to Texas.
For over 15 years Ohso has worked in the field of education, teaching visual arts, stop-motion animation, graphic design, and Martial Arts in public schools, private schools, and non-profit organizations including Remington College, YAYA Inc., My House Inc., Young Audiences, NEISD, Qkids, and SayABC. Today Ohso is a full-time Artist, Entrepreneur, ESL Contractor, Published Poet, and co-owner of Peace Keeper Martial Arts Academy with her husband in San Antonio, TX. Ohso's works are exhibited throughout the United States and Abroad. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at Electric City Barn, Schenectady, NY. Brooksville City Hall Gallery 201, Brooksville, FL. Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Clair, WI. InterUrban Arthouse, Overland Park, KS. GLH Gallery, Houston,Texas. Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital View Point Gallery, Schenectady, NY. and Zari Gallery in London, UK
Ohso is on the Autism spectrum wish Asperger's Syndrome. She also suffers from chronic pain due to Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is irreversible & symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. It can damage any joint, but primarily affects her hands, legs and hips; however, she remains active & productive as an Internationally Collected Artist.
To create the 3-D effect in my pieces I usually employ celluclay and sculptamond interchangeably. Celluclay is basically instant papier-mache made with *virgin recycled paper and sculptamold is a cellulose-based compound that combines the best features of clay, plaster, and papier maché . I've been incorporating them into my work for over 25 years. Colors are also very significant as you will see a lot of blues because it's my favorite and provides a sense of depth, tranquility, calmness and truth.
* Virgin paper is the kind of paper that does not contain any recycled content and is made directly of the pulp of trees or cotton. This kind of paper is also considered to be a high-quality paper.
I enjoy working with acrylic paint because of it's versatility. Acrylics are water based, yet water resistant and flexible once dry. Acrylics can be thinned and used like watercolors and since they dry fast I can add layers upon layers without disturbing underlying paint. I use black archival ink and black fabric paint mostly for bold outlines.
Many of my orlder fantasy illustrations were created using an Aztek airbrush. Today I rarely use it because I prefer deep, heavy color application achieved by traditional hand painting. Airbrush is great for soft fades and blending if thats a look I so desire in a piece.
2010 - Puffin Foundation, LTD. - Individual Artist Mini-Grant - ArtistiKIDS! / Meet The Artist
2007 - TARGET Community Art Mini-Grant - ArtistiKIDS! / Art-A-Go-Go! Program
2006 - Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation - Individual Visual Artist Mini-Grant
2006 - Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans - "SweetArt New York" Individual Visual Artist Mini-Grant
2006 - ArtHouse at the Jones Center - Emergency Relief for Artists Fund
1999 - Alpha Beta Kappa, National Honor Society - Inducted Member
1998 - The Famous Poets Society - Outstanding Achievement In Poetry
1998 - Southeast College of Technology - Superior Creativity in Image & Type Design
1996 - Rivertown - First Annual Amature Art Show: First Place "
2010 - “Faith, Trust & Belief” - The Carver Branch Library - (San Antonio, TX)
2009 - “A Kwanzaa Celebration” - Antioch Missionary Church (San Antonio, TX)
1997 - "Rebirth of the Phoenix" - The Neighborhood Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
1996 - "Deep Rivers", Women's Symposium - Southern University (New Orleans, LA)
2023 - Novice Museums of Arts 1st Annual Art Gala & Exhibition (Orlando, FL)
2022 - "Emergent SHE" GLH Gallery (Houston, TX)
2022 - Revolucion at the RIM: Meet the Artists (San Antonio, TX)
2020 - "Supporting Texas Artists" Arthritis Associates (San Antonio, TX)
2012 - Bisong Art Gallery Grand Opening (Houston, TX)
2012 - "Art & Ability" The Arc of Dallas - Granville Arts Center (Garland, TX)
2011 - "Creativity Unleashed" - Irving Black Arts Council (Irving, TX)
2010 - "100sqft: Back to Square One" - Cholmeley Boys Club, Dalston (London, UK)
2010 - "100sqft: Back to Square One" - Luna Lounge, Dalston (London, UK)
2010 - "Art & Ability" The Arc of Dallas - Rotunda at Chase Tower (Dallas, TX)
2010 - “Imagine H’arts” - Guadalupe Art Dogs Gallery (Ingram, TX)
2010 - “1st Annual Southwest Art Exhibition” - EPSI Tax Service Center (San Antonio, TX)
2010 - Bent Easel Art Gallery @ Blue Star Arts Complex (San Antonio, TX)
2010 - “Mother Earth” - Gevers Street Art Studio Co-Op / Ice Fights (San Antonio, TX)
2009 & 2010 - Gevers Street Art Studio Co-Op Monthly Exhibitions (San Antonio, TX)
2009 - La Casa Rosa Gallery (San Antonio, TX)
2009 - "Eye of the Beholder" - The Carver Cultural Center (San Antonio, TX)
2009 - Grey Wolf Art Gallery (Leon Valley, TX)
2009 - "Colores en el Barrio" - Mexican American Unity Council Art Show (San Antonio, TX)
2009 - "Bling Bling Fling" - Martinez Street Women's Center (San Antonio, TX)
1997 - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (New Orleans, LA)
1997 - "Crossroads Initiative" - BAND: Black Arts National Diaspora (New Orleans, LA)
1997 - "Afrocentric Visions" - New Orleans School Board (Gretna, LA)
1997 - "Arts Initiative" - Frederick Douglass High School (New Orleans, LA)
1997 - "We've Come This Far by FAITH" - The Neighborhood Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
1996 - "Dance is Our Language & Music the Pronunciation" - The Neighborhood Gallery
(New Orleans, LA)
1996 - "Art in the House", Heritage House Restaurant (Gretna, LA)
1996 - "Friends of Rivertown", Freeport McMoRan Science Center (Kenner, LA)
2013 - "Testimonies of the Underground" - Memorial Branch Library (San Antonio, TX)
2010 - “Faith, Trust & Belief” - The Carver Branch Library (San Antonio, TX)
2010 - "Girls‘ Visions & Voices", Studio4FM - Carver Cultural Center (San Antonio, TX)
1997 - "Rebirth of the Phoenix" - The Neighborhood Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
2020 - Artistic Expressions Magazine, November Issue, Page 17.
2020 - Embrace the Culture Spotlight - "Ohso Art" New Orleans Office of Cultural Economy, October Issue.
2011 - IMAGINE Arts Ministry Magazine of Imago Dei, Volume 4, Page 19.
2010 - San Antonio Talent Magazine, Page 46 & 47, July Issue.
1997 - Gulf Coast Arts Review, "Celebrating African American Artists" Jan. Cover & pg 8.
1997 - GAMBIT "Rituals, Dreams & Gender" by Eric D. Bookhardt. Sep. 23, Vol 18, #38.
1997 - Rhetoric, Rhyme & Reason, "The Art of Alisha Young" by Gwen Gibson Rhines. April/June Vol 1, #2.
1996 - Kenner Picayune Newspaper, "Expressing Herself". October 31.
"Black Pearls" Treasures from the Motherland Coloring book contains 23 beautifully imaginative portraits of Women of Color surrounded by flora and fauna native to Africa,