Brooks Frederick is a Brooklyn/ New Orleans based, classically trained painter who believes in the power of art to influence positive social change. His 'oil' portraits created in tar and oil recovered from the 2010 BP oil spill has been widely exhibited and used to spark creative community gatherings in support of environmental justice. Brooks teaches painting and drawing at Adelphi University, New Orleans Academy of Art  and the Teaching studios of Art. His  recent TEDx talk, "From Harm to Harmony," can be viewed with this link: