LaJon Miller’s instantly recognizable paintings of strong Black women and girls with bright fluorescent pink hair are familiar to many in Long Beach. They’ve adorned canvases, utility boxes, walls, and most recently, plywood boards nailed over windows of businesses. A busy artist to begin with, LaJon found himself busier than ever in the wake of protests over racial injustice. He’d volunteered a lot of his time to paint as many of the boards as he could, putting out calls for members of the community—artists or not—to join him. He, like many of the artists who did this work, was astounded by the amount of support and attention that came from all corners of the community—and beyond. He hadn’t intentionally sought exposure with this work, but he got it, and it has led to increased demand for his work.
At the onset of the pandemic he had to let go of his part time gig, but he’s staying busy enough these days with his volunteer projects (one of which is our USPS Art Project) and commissions. It’s a good thing he’s a master of time management—in addition to his busy art career, he has an 8 year old and is expecting his second child in November. Best of luck to LaJon!