New Orleans is my home. I wasn't born here, but she doesn't mind.
I was raised in Colorado by parents who instilled an honest work ethic and compassion for others...offset by a big brother who made sure I knew how to punch, make a proper fire, and apologize when I broke stuff. Somewhere along the line, I discovered my hands could make things, and I've been doing all I can to earn a living that way ever since.
I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and immediately ran off to join the circus that is film making. I learned how to weld and basic woodworking from true craftspeople there. My need to combine whimsy with decay was forged on film sets and gradually brought me to New Orleans.
Over the last 15 years, I have built custom sculpture and 2D work for many feature films and television programs. My work also includes gallery show contributions, large scale welded architectural pieces, personal memorial sculptures, and custom works for clients of interior decorators in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, and New Orleans.
I share a studio in Uptown and spend as much time as I can up to my elbows in art.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words. Whimsy, Decay, Flow
Describe yourself in one word. Resilient
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? Feeling that my work is contributing in some way to the collective whisper of this city, I love that idea. I am influenced every day when I see the force of nature compelling itself up concrete walls and from under pavement, like extremely slow chaos. I am influenced by the glitter in the mud and the beads mashed into the cracks in the sidewalks. And the constant movement under my feet. And the music all around me. And the smell of smoke from McClures BBQ pit at 6 am. And by countless little moments I may never be aware of, but work magic on me without a doubt.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I walk. A lot. Aimlessly, waiting for the impulse to kick in. Waiting for the idea to form enough that I can let my hands fly around until my eyes decide the effort is worthwhile.
Where do you draw inspiration? I think inspiration rather creeps up and pounces when I'm busy peeking through windows and checking in closets for it. It often surprises me from out of nowhere.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? Forever Calder and Bourgeois. The work of self-taught artists Miss Clementine Hunter and Reverend Howard Finster come to mind a lot. They helped me understand that formal training is not required to create work that is valued. The powerhouse of positivity and swear words that is local artist Ashley Longshore is motivating me these days!
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I love to listen to WWOZ in the studio because it never fails to teach me something new. I love music in a minor key when I'm feeling quiet. Sometimes I just really need The Clash or Tom Waits to function at all.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? Slow walking my sweet old pup around the neighborhood and stoop drinking with my fella.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? October mornings, all of them
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y'Art Satellite Gallery at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery by appointment.