Hi, my name is Shayla Hickerson (she/her). I am a recent graduate of the Honours Bachelors of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) program at Lakehead University, where I specialized in acrylic painting, sculpture and abstract poetry. My works, both written and visual, consist of experimentation with Neoclassicism and Abstract art. As an emerging artist, I have had the privilege of exhibiting works in galleries in my hometown, including Definitely Superior, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Plus, after moving to Toronto, post-grad, I have made contributions to She’s Got Wonder, and RAW Artists Toronto. I aim to create impact by displaying a woman’s perspective through my artistic process and personal experience. Currently, my works comment heavily on identity, and the reflection of prevalent patriarchal ideals depicted within the female nude of Old Master works, renditioned in contemporary settings.