Our featured rioting artists

Sarah Liggett, Featured Rioting Artist #8

Can anyone walk in another person’s shoes?  Can you imagine what it is like to be another race? Another gender? Another culture? Or have another viewpoint from your own – that you believe is wrong?  Or to have a disability for your entire life?  To be old if you are young or vice versa? To have a condition that is invisible to another person? To BE invisible? We don’t have to imagine…it’s right in front of us every day. There are many things we would rather not imagine. Especially if you live an insulated life.   In our fragmented and increasingly polarized environment – it doesn’t hurt to try to put yourself in another person’s situation – no, it will be far from perfect, but a little empathy goes a long way.   Art is a non-verbal way to move in that direction. Or verbal if words are incorporated into a project.  Images can move mountains.

She is retired from her former work in the public sector, now able to work in the medium she prefers – colored pencil.  Her earlier published work includes cartooning and pen and ink line drawing, but now images in color and form motivate her.   She is continually grateful for the opportunities in her life and she never forgets them.   

Her travels took to Europe three times with her sister.  But as a young adult she lived in Taiwan for two years with her {then} husband, who was in the Air Force, working on cargo planes at the end of the Vietnam War.  They lived off-base, in an area {at that time} where the average income was roughly $300 annually. The neighbors  – in about 20 row houses –  spoke no English.  It was a beautiful setting in farmland and the neighbors were fascinated by two young Americans –   as we were by the people and the country.  

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 at Warner Pacific College, attending school at night (with her sister).  She went on to a graduate program at Portland State University, also at night, and received a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  During this time, she worked in Public Transportation while light rail was being built in Portland.  One outstanding course in policy took her to Washington, D.C. for a week…it was a glimpse into another world.  The poverty in D.C. as you entered the City was alarming. The class intentionally saw this and visited homeless shelters before doing anything else and it was another eye-opener.

Sarah was born in San Rafael, California and lived and worked in a variety of cities and regions.  As a young adult she was diagnosed with epilepsy.  Although there have been some major life considerations to take into account – some things worked out  – such as skiing and scuba diving with a doctor’s okay.  However, early on she decided not to drive, because of the type of seizures she had.  Creating art and writing provided a meditative and soothing outlet, but also exciting in a very good way.

Prior to retirement, Sarah worked a few hours a week for the Oregon Environmental Council as a volunteer.  The work was basic, just whatever was needed, but the agency showed great ground breaking efforts made in environmental attitudes to improve life for people across the state, including education in the effects of climate change.

 Today, with so many restrictions, art is a great way to delve into sorting out stress and make a contribution and to be heard.  Sarah has plans to develop  a series of themes continuing with colored pencil, her favorite medium.

COKKO, Featured Rioting Artist #7


1.989 (Medellín,Colombia)

Architect – artist, focused in artistic exploration based in several techniques and surface searching the materialization about emotional condition. “the emotion manifestation through the art, is today my way out…”

Darrel Black, Featured Rioting Artist #6


Darrell Urban Black, is an American visual artist presently living in Frankfurt, Germany. He works in a variety of formats that include Pen and Ink drawings acrylic paintings on canvas wood and Mixed media objects. His creative process is a mixture of works on paper, acrylic paint, found objects and non toxic hot glue which creates a three-dimensional effect on any surface that gives a sense of realism and presence in his artwork. Darrell, refers to this optical artistic illusion as “Definism” in his opinion, Definism, portrays various differences in human nature from life’s everyday dramas to humankind’s quest to under-standing self. “My artworks transport viewers from the doldrums of their daily reality to a visual interpretation of another reality.”

Darrell Urban Black born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Far Rockaway and Brentwood Long Island New York. In high school, he excelled in science with an affinity for outer space. In June 1969, as America fulfilled J. F. Kennedy’s dream to put the American Stars and Stripes into the dusty surface of the moon Darrell’s fascination with spaceships grew. As a child he made spaceship models eventually placing his artistic visions on paper resulting in some 500 drawings. Phantasmal spaceships that eventually carried Darrell to a unique wonderland of strange forms and colors.

In 1982, he joined the National Guard. During this time his previous drawings were lost – but not his passion. In 1988, Darrell, joined the US Army and served another four years. Earned his Bachelor Degree in Science of Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix. In April 2001, Darrell, was nominated by the German government as a “candidate of the year’s prize for promising young artists” for his artwork titled “The Invasion” in the exhibition “The Zeppelin in Art, Design, and Advertisement,” shown between May and July 30, 2000, in the Frankfurt International Airport. Another piece referenced in the nomination letter, was titled “The Cosmic Shroud,” executed with a unique glue and acrylic on linen technique. The image was described as “universally appealing and representing a topic which concerns all of us – The Universe.” Darrell, had many local, national and international group art exhibitions. He has artwork permanently displayed in a number of art Galleries, Museums and other Institutions Worldwide. Darrell’s artwork has also been displayed on billboard in New York’s Times Square for the exhibition titled: “SeeMe Takes over Times Square 2014”

Darrell lives in Frankfurt, Germany and continues to draw and paint in pursuit of his artistic dreams. He’s a member of the Veteran Artist Program abroad (EuroVAP).

Trisha Hautéa, Featured Rioting Artist #5

trishahautea.com / littleningbooks.com

Trisha Hautéa is a mixed media artist and muralist whose work is themed around climate change, nature, socio political issues, to her dreams.

Her illustrated book, “Pepper Zhang: Artist Extraordinaire!” was featured on multiple media outlets, including NPR, HuffPost, NextShark, NowThis, Upworthy, Konbini, Bustle, & more.

She is an NYC native and recently moved to LA. ().

Jen Sterling, Featured Rioting Artist #4


Color has always had a profound influence on Jen Sterling’s mood. While traveling in the American southwest in 1990 she was so moved by the colors that she promptly bought paint and canvas, hoping to convey how those colors made her feel: vivid, alive, powerful. Her goal is not to capture an image, but to capture the emotion that image conjures.

Friends describe her as vibrant, passionate, and creative; those words apply to her art as well. Creating work that is fluid, that inspires energy and excitement, vitality and confidence: this gives her the greatest artistic satisfaction.

She works primarily with acrylic paint along with mixed media such as paper, fabric, wood, and plastic. She uses brushes, palette knives, her fingers…whatever is at hand. Some pieces flow forth in a matter of hours. Others are built over several weeks, evolving from fragments of imagination to energetic expressions of my experiences, dreams, or aspirations.

There is nothing bland about her work. She doesn’t play it safe. Her art should ignite the same excitement she felt when painting it. If her work helps someone start the day with a zing, stirs a fond memory, or refreshes the senses, then she’s succeeded.

When not painting, she is the Chief Red Head and a partner at Red Thinking. She is passionate about community service and has served on numerous boards. She is also an active mentor for emerging businesses. A graduate of George Washington University, she holds a BA in Visual Communications with a minor in Psychology. She live with her husband and daughter in Annapolis, Maryland.

kEith, Featured Rioting Artist #3


Born in Miami Beach, FL, Keith Kimmel (known as the art of kEith’s) artistic path relied much upon discovery. His talent of word, his poetic spirit, his yearn for narrative led him to his current body of work. Gifted with a natural awareness, he considers his education a sort of autodidactic smorgasbord that allowed him to channel his astute, sensitive perspective into an altogether unique technique and style. Inspired (among other influences) by the Beatnik, free-form abstract expressionist aesthetic of the mid-20th century, Kimmel uses his art as a declaration of freedom and the ideal. His technique follows a so-called intuitive intuition in an effort to reveal beauty essence without limitation of conscious thought, yet at the same time trusting and following rational intellect, and art feeling. It is art feeling that yields the free notion of art. He remains open to the guidance of shape, color, texture and form — these basic concepts of perception. There is no sense in following fashion as he works with the true source of what art is. Kimmel currently lives and works in Manhattan.

Aida Murad, Featured Rioting Artist #2


Raised in Jordan and residing in New York City, I am an Arab-American who leads with my heart in my personal and professional life. My purpose is to unlock human potential. I do that through my work as an:

+ start-up advisor
+ entrepreneur coach
+ artist
+ motivational speaker
+ community builder.

My long-term vision is to create a venture studio that will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to build their businesses holistically doing both the internal and external work of being human. Today other than coaching entrepreneurs, creating art and community building I advise numerous start-ups and foundations, write for Thrive Global and serve as Co-Director for NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas and Mental Health bringing impact investors, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs together.

I have worked for over a decade building social enterprises in the education, fashion, food, health and technology industries as well as managed $300 million in governmental and development funds for the public and private sectors. I am the recipient of the 2017 FHI 360 Impact Award for Woman Leadership, 2017 Most Voted RAW Artist, 2017 Inaugural artist for GoARTful and 2016 FHI Emerging Leaders.

Jean-luc Mège, Featured Rioting Artist #1


With over twenty years in the field, Jean-luc Mège is an international photojournalist, reporter and studio photographer. Classically trained at Figaro Magazine (called the Time Magazine of France) where he eventually became lead photographer, Jean-luc has traveled the world and taken world-class photos in all imaginable and unimaginable situations.

Jean-luc’s work spans from the stars of the Cannes Film Festival, Clint Eastwood and Hermes to the Dying House of Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, the landfill living areas of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the tsunami ruins of Sri Lanka His portraits, whether of the greatest stars or the least fortunate, always bring out the true human story and have graced hundreds of magazine covers. These international works have repeatedly been selected as examples in press articles and exhibitions.

Jean-luc is described by his clients and partners for his talent, work ethic, optimism, courage, risk taking, curiousity, and human approach. The strength of Jean-Luc Mege is his multidisciplinary nature and ability to cover any kind of assignment … always with the intrinsic desire to make the very best images for his clients.

Jean luc currently has an Art Exhibit at the New York Design Center on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan to showcase his latest New York City artistic acrylic prints.

Born in Lyon, France, Jean-luc is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. His current endeavor is to become one of the best photographers in New York, a city he loves.