“An artist cannot fail, it’s a success just to be one.”

Growing up in Los Angeles, art has always been first for Calvin. From childhood he found himself sketching every chance he got. Loving the idea of bringing life to paper, he gravitated towards charcoal and graphite. Teaching himself shading techniques by observing human expression and emotion.

He began oil painting after reading the book “The Artist’s Way.” “That book helped reshape my perspective as an artist, branching out and trying different mediums lead me to oil painting.” - Calvin

Since beginning oil painting in 2016, he’s continued to expand on ideas and techniques. Most recently creating a two piece series of the Great Nipsey Hussle, also Connecting with the iconic rapper The Game, for a Black Jesus painting.


-Pick it up LA’s interview with Calvin on what drives him as an artist.