I’m a photographic artist from Louisiana. I grew up in the rich delta of Concordia Parish near Black River.
I received my first camera when I was 7 years old, and I fell in love with photography when I had that first roll developed.
My favorite subjects are the bayous, rivers, and people of Louisiana that make up our distinctive culture. Many of my photographs are taken while wearing hip boots and hoping I don't interrupt an alligator’s day. My photographs are printed on canvas and the frames are designed by me and made by a very talented inmate in a local Parish prison. The wood is upcycled cypress from old houses and buildings in Louisiana. I gold or silver leaf the frames or nichos that frame my photography.
My art hangs in several galleries and restaurants in New Orleans. Six of my photographs were chosen and shown in Moscow, Russia in a Louisiana Cultural exhibit at the Multimedia Art Museum curated by Frank Relle. My work has been featured in New Orleans Living and New Orleans Magazine.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Old. New. Eclectic.
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I love the hidden magical spots all over New Orleans. It's a photographer's dream. The most inspirational part of New Orleans is having so many artists and art lovers that are my friends.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I talk to my angels.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Nature and people.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Nathalie Duncan, Bekye Fargason, Annie Leibovitz, Mark Coffey
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I love Delta Blues. I listen to North Mississippi Allstars a lot when I work.
I love The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Geno Delafose and the French Rockin Boogie Band.
Bob Dylan. I do a pretty good impression of Dylan, no one knows that.
I also love Johnny Cash. A line in "Big River" goes "She loves you Big River more than me." I do love that River.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
It seems my mind is always in that mode, but I love to fly hot air balloons. I've been a pilot for almost 20 years.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Sunday mornings, especially in the fall. October is my favorite month.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I love to watch scary movies with my eyes shut.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
Fischer Gambino 637 Royal St, New Orleans,
Atchafalya Restaurant 901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans,
Basin Seafood and Spirits 3222 Magazine St, New Orleans,
Sterling Frame Studio 3440 Magazine St, New Orleans