I feel fortunate to be able to share my love of New Orleans through my paintings. I feel like I was separated from this city at birth and that I came home when I moved here in 2009. I am in love with this colorful city that continuously entertains, amuses, and inspires me with its deep, rich history, architecture, people, amazing music, and unique neighborhoods, each with a very distinctive flavor. I also find inspiration in sentimental objects and little altars everywhere in my home, which is a sacred space to me.
My paintings are done in the studio primarily from photos I take constantly while making my way around town, usually preferring the path less traveled. In my series “The Gospel According to New Orleans”, New Orleans musicians and culture bearers portrayed as Byzantine Saints, I use as many as 20 images to uniquely create each “Saint” in this collection. In addition to this series, I’m currently working on: “Portraits of Airstreams”, “Nothing But Blue Skies” -my take on New Orleans architecture, “Preservation” -what’s worth preserving in this region in Victorian era cloches, and “Channelling Klimt”.
My work is in private collections in 14 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and in the permanent collection of the new LSU Health Sciences Center. I was recently selected for the Bywater Biennial, curated by Don Marshall, a Prospect 4 Satellite exhibit as well as a Prospect 4 Satellite exhibit curated by Where Y’art. My work is featured on the cover of the latest issue (April 2018) of Iron Lattice, an arts and culture publication.
My intention is that you can experience joy, amusement, sentimentality, and some lesser known places in New Orleans and a few points beyond from these paintings.
I am a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown area.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Colorful, bold, 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?
The sights, sounds and people that compose the color of New Orleans are my primary influence. In my neighborhood the architecture and botanicals are the main influence.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I am constantly painting in my head so by the time I get to the canvas the piece is already done and I am on to the next painting in my thought process. I paint from photos that I take on a daily basis. However, I just use the images as a reference, not painting specifically what is captured in the photo. For musicians, I use about 20 reference photos for each one to create my own unique rendering of them. Occasionally I use photos that someone shares with me. I keep an art journal where I write down anything of interest. I rarely sketch anything. I am the queen of instant gratification, so I go straight to putting paint down.
Where do you draw inspiration?
From this glorious city I call home and my amazing husband and family.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
There are many, probably more than I can list. I like exploring and learning from all types of art , not just painting, but all other disciplines as well. My son, David Lawrence Jones, and daughter-in-law, Ashley Hope Carlisle, are both sculptors and teach art at the University of Wyoming. They are both great influences and mentors of my work. For me there is always something to learn from any visual art form.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Jazz by Chucho Valdez
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
In the garden with my husband.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
5 pm, Friday, May (threshold of the evening, weekend, summer)
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I love to hike in the mountains, East or West.
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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.