Born in Marrero, Louisiana to an ironworker and seamstress, early on in life, I was immersed into a world of creative influences and the spirit of ingenuity. My grandfather was a self-taught carpenter, gardener, and outdoorsman, who built the house, he later raised his family in, as a teenager with little education.
Following my grandfather's example and forging my own path, I combined my love of Old World craftsmanship with a deep desire to make a dent in the waste stream. Utilizing ready supple materials from overflowing dumpsters from in and around New Orleans, in addition to the influence of southern folk, outsider, and tramp art styles, I created a style that juxtaposes tangible pieces of New Orleans history with fresh patterns and design.
In 1999, after some prodding from friends and family, I began marketing my work. Since, I have sold my work in various retail locations, galleries, art shows, and festivals. The majority of my work is custom designed furniture, which features a great balance to the stock line of frames and functional decor pieces, which I am constantly producing.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Functional. Upcycled. Conscientious
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 am heavily influenced by the attitudes and natural environment of the northern most Caribbean city, New Orleans.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I start every day slowly with a cup of coffee and a clear mind. All of my designs start with a general concept that is dictated by the uniqueness of the materials.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
I am inspired by the ingenuity and creativity of southern culture.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Music is a constant companion in our studio. We harbor inspiration from a vast array of musical styles, everything from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
My daily 3 o'clock cup of coffee.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I once chased an alligator out of our front yard and back to the bayou with a push broom. #countryliving
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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.
New Orleans Galleries:
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Historic New Orleans Collection
Downtown Gallery on Frenchman