Moving to New Orleans on my own in 2009 gave me the time and space I needed to endlessly paint. I never run out of inspiration in this vibrant and magical city that enraptures me with its deep, rich history, cherished architecture, music that begs you to stop and listen, colorful neighborhoods, mystery, and eccentric characters. I paint New Orleans, points beyond, and imaginary places. I am a self taught artist. Magical realism, religious imagery and iconography are key elements in most of my work.
The symbolism I incorporate is of things I consider sacred, sentimental and cherished and is part of my story. I grew up very much alone, an only child, with a mother who was mostly absent, physically and emotionally. My imagination was such an integral part of my childhood and created the wonderful solitary world in which I lived.
My work is done in the studio, from photos I take constantly while making my way around town, preferring the path less traveled, and from compositions that I create in my imagination. The iconic musicians and culture bearers paintings are created from extensive research and by using as many as 20 images to uniquely portray each one. My work is in private collections across the country, internationally collected, and is in the public collection of the LSU Health Sciences Center. I was selected for two Prospect 4 Satellite Exhibitions in 2017; the Bywater Biennial curated by Don Marshall, and the Prospect 4 Satellite exhibit curated by Where Y’art. My work has been selected and shown by the New Orleans Arts Council and featured in the The Iron Lattice Magazine (cover), Country Roads Magazine and New Orleans Canvas Magazine. I have regularly exhibited in shows and galleries in New Orleans and Mississippi for the past 6 years and have been selected as a Jazzfest artist in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
I do not create art to match the sofa; I paint for people with soul! My intention is that you experience joy, amusement, sentimentality, some lesser known places in New Orleans, a few points beyond, and places that are born in my imagination.
Commissions welcome! Studio visits welcome!
All work is copyrighted and may not be reproduced in any form without permission of the artist.