Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas studied at Pratt and Yale and started her career as an abstract painter, but took a photography course at Yale that changed her direction. She has exhibited her photography, but in recent years she has focused on the intersection of painting and photography; she maintains a corner of her studio with costumes and props, and takes photographic portraits that she then turns into painted variations.  Her work draws from the traditional genres of portraiture, interior scenes, and female nudes, but her use of African-American models widens the window of art history.