Carlton D. Murrell Artist Profile

Carlton D. Murrell has been painting for over forty years with well over one hundred exhibitions to his credit.  As a child growing up in Barbados, Carlton began exploring his artistic talent by drawing and painting the various lifestyles of his Island nation.  He began his painting career at 18, inspired by the richness of Caribbean living and the world beyond.  He traveled to many distant places in search of a universal sense of art, which led him to immigrate to capital city of art – New York City.  While there, Murrell was awarded a scholarship to pursue additional advanced studies at the Art Students League.  He later attended the Pan American School of Fine and Pel’s School of Commercial Art and Illustration.   He has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the National African American Museum, the United Nations and Howard University, as well as numerous galleries throughout the United States.


Master Impressionist painter Claude Monet tremendously influences his painterly style.  Drawing on the influence of European Impressionist painters, Murrell’s layering of paints, short strokes and usage of color emerges with a unique painterly style.  His ability includes a rare understanding of the effects of light on color.  Murrell combines his rich Caribbean heritage with traditional island and urban living to impact upon the viewer thought provoking visual messages.


His works hang in permanent collections of Carver Federal Savings Bank, the Copper Corporation of Chile, South America, Howard University, The Central Bank of Barbados, among others.   Mr. Murrell has to his credit received numerous awards, prizes and citations.  He has served as curator at art exhibitions at the Community Gallery which was formerly located within the Brooklyn Museum and the Skylight Gallery.   He also works his skills as an art consultant and art teacher.   His work can be found in the homes of many collectors in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and South America.



Hawwaa Ibrahim Designer Profile


Hawwaa Ibrahim is a nineteen-year-old Muslim fashion designer, blogger, and activist who is currently attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Hawwaa moved to Minnesota when she was four. During their middle school years, Hawwaa started learning how to sew by watching YouTube videos.


Only a few years after they learned, they participated in the Reality TV Design Competition called Project Runway Junior Season Two and placed third overall. Shortly after, they began to create custom designs and collections that represented various social topics such as the burning political climate and society’s beauty standards all under their point of view. Hawwaa has also been featured in numerous magazines, including “Marie Claire” and “Girls’ Life” for their unique look and openness to a more free kind of thinking. For their future goals, Hawwaa hopes to create a brand that is all inclusive to women, men, and those who consider themselves anything else.



Kennis Baptiste Artist Profile

Throughout my childhood I was told that he had some artistic talent, but I  never bothered to take it seriously.  Instead of traveling the road of an artist, I decided to concentrate on scientific disciplines such as math and science. I later obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering and I am currently working in that field.
I started my artistic journey by experimenting with acrylic and oil paints. I later started to study and experiment with different abstract ways of capturing movement and energy.  During this experimental period, I was able to find my own unique style of expression.
My name is Kennis Baptiste
As my art form slowly evolved, the quality of my paintings improved and my knowledge and interest in fine arts also increased. As an urban artist of African and Caribbean decent, I believe that inspiration can be found almost anywhere.  All one has to do is open their eyes, keep an open mind and draw their inspiration from what they see in their community and in the world.
I am inspired by the works of Impressionist painters.  I greatly admire Picasso’s style of expression, Monet’s use of mass, and Cézanne’s use of color.  After producing a large number of paintings within a five year period, I decided to expose his work to the public.  The feedback that I received was overwhelming. The response from the audience and the realization of this gift inspired me to study and create more paintings.
My art is also influenced by mentors, friends and fellow artists in the fine arts community.  I feel that knowledge is the key to success, and I will continue to educate myself as I continue to travel on my artistic journey.

Kennis Baptiste

Debbie Eschoe  Artist Profile

Abstract Tulip Flowers By Debbie Photos

Debbie Eschoe is a Jamaican born Visual Artist who lives in New York City. She studied film photography in college and is a self taught digital artist who spent the last decade honing her skills. Debbie is versed in a variety of mediums – photography, painting, graphic and web design to name a few but her primary focus is digital photography. She is also one of   the curators of the art blog, Sizzle Arts launched in 2017. Debbie’s diverse body of work was  on display with her first photography exhibition on Saturday, April 28th 2018 in her adoptive hometown of New York City.


Check her out  : HERE


Willie Torbert Artist Profile



Willie Torbert has taught within the New York City Board of Education for ten years. During his work with the New York Public School System, Willie exposed his students to many facets of art through an array of mediums. When Willie moved away from his teaching job to work on his craft full time, he received an award of citation for his dedication and worked with the children of the borough of Brooklyn from Howard Golden, the Brooklyn Borough President. The Nubian Women’s Art Circle recently honored Willie for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art of the African Diaspora.


Willie works in a variety of media, including oil, ink, and collage to produce singular and highly stylized representations of African American life. Scenes of street life and images of jazz and blues musicians, and heroic African queens and warriors often populate his work.  Also, he graciously acknowledges the almost certain influence of other major black artists.  Indeed, Willie has previously stated that “it changed my life” when he saw Romare Bearden’s images of Harlem in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum many years ago.

Donovan Nelson Artist Profile


Donovan Nelson was born in Manchester, Jamaica. He moved to the United States in 1982 and where he received a B.F.A in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA (1995). In addition, he studied portraiture and figure painting at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Nelson is M.F.A. graduate from the New York Academy where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Vincent Desiderio, Jack Beal, Alfred Lesley, and Juan Cardenas.A

Answerd Stewart Artist Profile




Answerd Stewart

Families building their senses of home with neighborly love and spiritual connectedness. Multicolor musical instruments growing legs to dance. Pen-and-ink drawn lovers linked in a nest of the littlest lines.

These are the themes artist Answerd Stewart has been trying to capture for the past 20 years as he labors tirelessly on his latest series of fascinating works, called Brown Images, which explores the nature of relationships within the contemporary, urban landscape.Just like home, music is an important theme as well. As some argue, it is the highest of the arts because of its temporality and ephemerally as each passing note reverberates through us.

Stewart grew up in Brooklyn, New York City, indisputably the world’s foremost magical musical garden filled with the newest flowering of music and art. With immigrants from all around the world, these cultures make a cubist clash of lifestyles, histories, outlooks and expressions that keeps it all struggling in synchronicity.

“I initially created art as a means of relaxation but as people began to appreciate my work, it fueled me to create more. I create art that speaks to the whole human spectrum, any race any creed, as in “Harmonious Beginnings,” a celebration of the tying together of two souls harmonizing together, illustrating the inseparability of emotion and beauty, friendship and family, togetherness and emancipation, and love and spirituality.”

Of Jamaican-American heritage, Stewart knows what it is like to have more than one spiritual home, whether one in the islands or in the urban jungle of New York City or in the public and private places of worship, including his studio. Always unafraid to flex his creative muscles, Stewart spends weeks on each painting, delicately and defly balancing pen and ink, acrylic paints and opaque washes and many other media.

A child at play like any good artist, he is hard at work here, sounding the horn of human expressions laid down as masterfully as a virtuoso on a violin. Through his world history studies at Brooklyn College, he learned his heavy lessons, reflected in the gravity of some of his works. He graduated with a world history degree so he could teach young people, which he did steadfastly for many years.

Also a father, Stewart’s patient, teacherlike and pensive sensibilities are at work when you go to decode his pieces.

And like playing a magnificent album over again, one never tires of finding new lessons which are always embedded in the oil and acrylic swatches of brushwork.

Stewart has exhibited his work extensively nationwide over  the years as demand for his creative vision grows.






Sizzle Arts Fest

The first annual  Sizzle Arts & Photography Exhibition was presented by Fashion Sizzle  held on Sept 30, 2018 in Chelsea Manhattan.  Participating creatives and brands  included Jarold Eastman, Garvin Gray,  Kennis Baptiste , Robert V. Reid, Donovan Nelson, Debbie Eschoe, Answerd Stewart, Hawwaa Ibrahim, Willie Torbert,  Jamrock Clothing and   NUBIA Nubian Collection.  Sizzle Arts Festival provides a  platform  for independent artists, photographers, and clothing brands to showcase their brands  while  connecting collectors, galleries, and artists. Sizzle Arts Fest. Initiatives strive to create unique artist-led experiences and strengthen local art scenes.