Academy West Student’s Art Goes Global
Posted on 02/21/2019

Quenelle Richardson, a senior at Academy West Alternative High School, was given the opportunity of a lifetime. “Lance asked me if I could draw him something with this phrase on it. I just drew the phrase and a person.” Quenelle is an artist who likes to draw almost anything. He never thought that this particular drawing would find its way around the world.

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Quenelle Richardson and Lance Smith, another AW senior, have announced that they will be partnering with Flushing resident, Brandon Roivas and his mother Nadja in their company, ICON Visionary. ICÖN Visionary is a clothing line and lifestyle/entertainment company that is also involved in music production and event management. It was founded by musician and creative director, Pepys Muller Houngue, with Nadja Roivas, actress, producer, and CEO. The company’s product line focuses on encouraging people to believe in themselves and impact their generation through positive means. Brandon stated, “We are about to have new products available online in the next few months. We already have a big fan base over in Africa, France, Australia, and the UK.”

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Lance, who had already been working for Roivas, saw Quenelle drawing in class when the light bulb went off. "I saw Quenelle drawing and noticed he was really good. I wanted to do my friend, Brandon, a favor so I asked Quenelle if he could draw me a sketch for ICON Visionary. I sent the finished drawing and had it printed on a shirt in a matter of days.” Quenelle’s drawing captured the attention of both Houngue and Nadja.

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ICON Visionary is excited to have Quenelle Richardson join them as one of their new, talented artists. Brandon tells us, “We are excited to have an artist from Flint on our team.” Quenelle feels like his dreams of becoming an artist are finally coming true.

Quenelle plans on continuing his future as an artist at Mott Community College, after graduating from Academy West this year.

Quenelle Richardson and Lance Smith, we are proud of you both as you take your talents around the world.

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