Born in Louisiana’s sleepy bayou country, I developed a deep love and respect for the natural environment. I realized that the relationship between human beings and the world that provides for them is sometimes delicate, sometimes chaotic, and sometimes beautiful. Growing up 'on the bayou' taught me how permeable the lines between those things could be. New Orleans has her own complicated relationship with nature, and since relocating here I've enjoyed exploring that intriguing dance along her streets. My interest in the grace and beauty of age also began early on. I fell head over heels for New Orleans and what I thought of as 'living patina.' Her charm, her imperfections, and her grit make every day interesting and inspiring. Through photography I'm able to capture this element of life: the neglected, the broken, the aged, and the unseen. There is a haunting beauty in the gnarls of the live oak, in the resurrection fern peeping out of brickwork, and in the abandoned graffiti-laden building basking in the twilight.
Although photography was my first interest, illustration and natural pigment art have taken center stage lately. Using wine, coffee, or homemade dyes made from vegetation or fruits, my illustrations are complemented by the unique color palette nature offers. This body of work explores themes of strength, femininity, and various causes I feel strongly about. Ultimately, my goal is to create art that speaks to people of all backgrounds, and art that brings awareness and advocacy for those who need it.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Resilience, Emotion, Movement
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?
There is a never ending supply of inspiration here.. the dancer like oaks that stretch out over the streets, the lovely marriage between human made objects and nature, the beautiful aging of the city and its structures, and the ever present flavor of the people who live here.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Excitement, patience, impatience, patience again, impatience again, and then exhalation.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Humanity, nature, and life's adventures.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Most likely one of the markets on Frenchmen St and on the rare day off.. exploration!
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Sunrise! I love the idea of the world waking up, and there is a certain 'feeling' that sunset cannot replace. Many of my photos are from this time of day. My favorite time of the year is Fall...when New Orleans is graced with it.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I'm a podcast and information junkie. Seriously, I need an intervention.
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Where You Can Find My Work
Art Garden Floating Gallery
Palace Art Market
M.Sani Art Gallery
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.