New England based interdisciplinary portrait artist, Kiayani Douglas, has been using the layering of patterns and portraits to engage people in conversations rooted in race, history, and privilege since early 2018. She obtained her BFA in ceramics in 2011 as well as an interdisciplinary MFA in 2018, both from the University of Hartford, CT. Douglas currently teaches and show her work throughout New England but most recently in Litchfield County, CT. In 2020 she had her first solo show at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA. She then had her second solo show in 2021 just in time for Juneteenth, at the Pulp Gallery in Holyoke, MA. She celebrated this achievement by having a conversation with Ross Lippman from the regional PBS program Connecting Point who interviewed her about her work and inspiration. Douglas has hosted multiple workshops at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers NY and has work in private collection of Springfield Technical Community College.