Katelyn Brown explores the black woman experience and its marriage to the black community and the world in broader terms primarily through digital portrait photography and mixed media. Self-taught, Katelyn began photographing as a means of investigating self image. In her early work she yielded chiefly self portraits, highlighting freedom and black beauty as major themes. Her influences include Quazi King, Mickalene Thomas, James Baldwin and Kerry James Marshall; as such, Katelyn has begun to weave the vast definitions of black womanness together with notions that are present but not limited to self love as a revolution, venerability, naturalness and introspection, being the needle and thread. Katelyn is currently experimenting with adding mixed media elements to her photographs, using gold, silver, and copper leafing, paint and collaging.