Tawasha was one of the first friends I made when I first moved to Chicago in 1998. I was drawn to her sense of humor and then I learned that she is very compassionate and open-minded. She loves to write poetry and has the most bold and original sense of style of anyone I know. She is the only person I’ve met who can rock gray lipstick. Even though it’s been about 16 years since we worked together I randomly remembered that she loves dolphins. Working on this piece made me happy and I hope the painting puts a smile on her face.