I see collage as a journey for the eyes, pictures of segmented cultures from todays fragmented societies. My collages illustrate a longing for escape from the current political and world climate. I create my art to take me there.
All of my work is handmade, hand cut, one of a kind, never a duplication. After finishing each piece I move on to another episode in the life of my art. By layering images over each other, sometimes taking away and then layering again over each other, I can create something beautiful and mysterious that may have started off mundane.
I love New Orleans people, neighborhoods, culture and passion for the arts. I am also inspired by Mexican and Pre-Columbian art and sculpture. I am currently working on collage paintings, mixed media collage wooden box sculptures and corrugated cardboard paper wall sculptures.
I was very fortunate to have been raised in an artistic family, and have always been inspired by the BRUT ART movement and self taught artists. This has taught me to see human and animal figures differently.
Living in New Orleans has been a constant inspiration as I walk through the neighborhoods, talk to the people while taking in all of the flavors of this vibrant city.
My work has been exhibited at Studio Waveland and Smith & Lens Gallery in Mississippi. I have shown in the New Orleans Art Center, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Gallery, and the Firehouse Gallery in Baton Rouge.
Commissions are always welcome.
I am a New Orleans artist living and working in New Orleans.
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Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words - emotional, curious, storytelling
Describe yourself in one word - passionate
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? Daily interactions and experiences with the people, culture, history, architecture and art. The beauty of Bayou St. John, the nature in City Park, the Sculpture Garden and Esplanade Avenue.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I gather images from different resources, hand cut and hand paint them to create a collage story. I need jazz to be playing and to be surrounded by my recent work.
Where do you draw inspiration? Plants, flowers, animals, art, music, life experience, family and travels throughout the US and abroad. Interactions with colorful people and the beautiful expressive art in and around New Orleans.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? Picasso, Henry Moore, Noguchi, Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? Nina Simone vocals, Bossanova, Jazz, Native American and African tribal chants and music.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? Walking my dog, Daisy, in City Park, exploring the planet and walking to and through New Orleans. I also enjoy going to galleries, farmers markets and supporting fellow artists.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Early mornings are best, peaceful with the birds chirping. Mid week is full of opportunity, easy to get around and inspiration at each bend in the road. The Spring and Fall Months have always been my favorites, sunshine, blue skies, and evening colors that evoke emotion, ideas and memories.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I was a Jazz Flute musician and lived and hiked throughout Argentina. I am also a published author.
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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.
All work is available at Whereyart.net
Studio visits are welcomed and can be arranged by appointment
Piety In Exile Art Market (Second Saturday of Each Month) New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117
Studio Waveland, Waveland, MS
New Orleans Art Center