I am a transplant from Oklahoma City, living and working out of my studio in the Marigny.
Through my layered paintings, I am searching to create physical depth, space and movement by creating vibrant one of a kind original works of art that challenge the traditional perspective of painting. I intend to make art that connects us not only to the human experience, but also to what lies beyond our sight. Color, texture, and space are very important aspects of my work in order for each painting to have a very profound and compelling presence. My layered paintings combine elements of traditional figurative and portraiture painting infused with abstract foundations.
Through this relationship of colors, texture and space, each painting develops into a unique expression. Using visual suggestions, I intend to bring the viewer into an imagined human landscape, into a colorful, dynamic world that hovers between the abstract and the representational.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Unique, Contemporary, Abstract
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 way New Orleans embraces individuality as well as preserving the rich cultures. The vibrant colors found throughout New Orleans can be directly found within my paintings.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
The best way to describe my creative process is to actually paint without hesitation.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Really everywhere. I find inspiration from the kindness of strangers to riding my bike through the shadows of the tree lined streets.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
From power house artists such as Picasso, Klimt, and Matisse to just name a few. Its someone new everyday. Recently I discovered Christina Quarles, her work is amazing.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I would have to say Louis Prima. His music and overall personalty was just so colorful.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
When I am not painting I enjoy traveling a lot. I find it it to be the best way to clear my head and find new inspirations.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Sunday at Dusk in October
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I love baking fresh bread
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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.