My name is Alan Dean and I am an African American artist and even though I am unknown to most of you I have been doing my art since the mid-1970s. My drawings were on the walls in the men’s dorm in Spike Lee’s movie School Daze. I probably would be just as well known as the top African American artist today if I had signed up with one of the many Publishing Companies that were marketing black art to most galleries since the early 1980s. I talked to several of these art publishing companies when they first went into business, but I declined doing business with them. All the art publishing companies that I spoke to were only willing to give the artist 10% made from selling their artwork to the galleries, and I decided that their offer was unfair. I am originally from Baltimore Md. but I have traveled to and lived in several states in the United States over the years. Eventually, I ended up moving to the Caribbean where I lived for over a decade, enjoying the beautiful people and places down there. While there, I produced several of the drawings that you see on my website, and I was also blessed to pursue my other love, which is singing. I billed myself as The Soul Singerand I entertained tourists visiting the resorts, hotels and restaurants on the island I was living at the time. If you would like to hear my singing and see a few of my videos from the islands you can click my singing tab.In the 1980s I was blessed to participate in an art show in West Africa with many other African American artists, and recently,I spent a year in Southeast Asia where I spent time traveling throughout the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam. I enjoyed my traveling very much and I have seen some beautiful places and met some fascinating people but everywhere I have been, I found that the people had more problems than what we have in the United States. Eventually, I concluded that there is no safe refuge from the problems that is plaguing our world, I then decided to move back to the United States and strive to make a difference here.