As a performance artist, I produce work on Frenchmen street. I've been painting "live" this way for over 15 years, traveling from place to place, settling in New Orleans in 2012. The process of working around an audience has been interesting, I find that I've become an aggressive painter but this has helped me develop a recognizable technique which is a good advantage. Over the years I began to compose backgrounds rather than starting from a blank canvas. The backgrounds are either layers of poured paint or an abstract painting which I can utilize to develop the overall feeling of the piece. This field of color and/or form helps build the character which eventually plays into the portrait. This practice provides a much broader spectrum for my creativity to take place. Typically, I like to finish a piece in one sitting, letting spontaneity run its course. I think the resulting portraits are much more exciting with the action of the brushwork being the main focus, capturing the persons likeness a close secondary quality but equally important for the whole success.
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Describe your art in three words.
Projecting Natural Experience
Describe yourself in one word. Complex
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 liveliness of the community. It's embedded deeply in the atmosphere around us and in its people. It's all in the music and colorful characters that I see.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I just like to explore.
Where do you draw inspiration? Museums and art books/magazines
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, the landscapes of Kustav Klimpt, Max Ernst.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? Miles Davis was big for me starting out. "Bitches Brew" in particular. That album reached into a lot of places, and I took its meaning to do things my way. It's about being brave and trusting yourself.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? At the studio or at the bar. Shooting pool or watching films.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? It's always been the golden hour when the suns is going down. Jazz Fest is the best time of year hands down.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I like to dance in private.
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