I am a lens-based artist who has been working in the still photography medium since 2002. All of my creative work strives to document the culture of Gulf Coast Louisiana with a specific focus on New Orleans and Acadiana. I practice antiquated photography processes of the 19th and 20th century as I feel it resonates with the subject matter.
I was born in Iberia Parish and now reside in New Orleans, La working as a full-time artist. For me, visual arts came slowly; I discovered photography late in my college career and quickly got a minor. I further advanced my education by working in various art galleries, volunteering with the New Orleans Photo Alliance and freelancing for many years.
All of my bodies of work fall under one main Project titled "Mais Yeah/Yeah Ya Right" which has many different approaches, all of which try to render a sense of place to Gulf Coast Louisiana, explore the idea of home and mine the breakdown of autobiographical memories in the Cajun culture.
Recent accomplishments include the curation and creation of The Stephens Garage Photographic Collection, exhibited at NOCCA Gallery in November 2018. Also in early 2018, I was invited to create an outdoor walk-in Camera Obscura for the Mobile Museum of Art’s “DO IT” exhibition. This piece demonstrated how photography works and was used for educational purposes by many surrounding art schools. Collection highlights include The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Wisznia Collection and The Capital One Collection.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Memory, Craft, Louisiana
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?
What I love about creating work in New Orleans is it allows me to compare and contrast the city's culture with my native Cajun culture. We have recently moved into the Park Place neighborhood, so far I've been inspired by the engaged friendly community and the trains that run along the boarder. There are also, many sunken cypress groves on neutral grounds which seem to serve as beautiful holding areas for water.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
As a process oriented artist I always try to match concepts with techniques. Before beginning a new body of work lots of research is done to decide how I can merge the idea and object.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from autobiographic memories and family stories.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Hiroshi Sigumoto - This guy is my Elvis his concepts and craft are untouchable.
Christian Marclay - The cyanotype work has been very influential to me over the past few years.
Richard Learoyd - hands down my favorite contemporary portrait artist working in any medium.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
John Prine, Wilco and The Mountain Goats
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
The kitchen, I love cooking and am currently working with a local chef to create a cook book which will explore creative leftovers.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Dawn / any day / anytime of the year
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I'm a black belt in karate
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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.