My maternal Grandmother (Barabara St.Paul) and Grandfather (LeDoux Provosty) met and began their family here in New Orleans. My mother and father came together while they studied at Tulane. I grew up in the woods of West Virginia, but this city has always felt like a second home to me. Just the smell of it brings me to a state of deep spiritual connection.
I studied art and explored many venues of creative expression in Baltimore, then continued my life adventure living in Los Angeles and eventually New York City. Meeting and collaborating with contemporary creatives and absorbing the variety of cultural venues in different places was and continues to be integral in the development of my artistic self. Each time I came back to New Orleans, I knew deep down that this was my living city. I finally moved here in 2016. Family is here, friends are here—old and new. Community is here. Culture is here. New Orleans is here.
I am a creative soul who works in many different mediums. The interpretation, contemplation, abstraction and celebration of life comes in all forms.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
design, variety, unique
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?
New Orleans is a place of community, celebration and creative abundance. I recognize and appreciate my privilege living among the colorful houses in the Marigny and Bywater. There is beauty everywhere. There are also reminders of privilege and gentrification. We all must be aware of the light and dark at the same time, especially those of us who are privileged (aka white). New Orleans is a community– which is where understanding and helping and healing happen. Art is healing, and New Orleans knows.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I work on many different projects in various mediums. I would say that each piece requires a consideration of the final intention. If I am working on a drawing or sculpture I might be more free to explore whatever comes to me, whatever is in my subconscious. If it's costume or jewelry I will be inspired by the jubilant New Orleans spirit and unique and festive decor that brings us all such joy.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I find inspiration in observing art from all eras, in people, in dreams, the landscape, in the materials I have at hand and colorful, silly, celebratory spirit.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
There are too many to list! I will limit myself to 3 for each category. For two dimensional works– favorite local hero Bruce Davenport Jr., Mickalene Thomas, and my nephew Louis Hill. For sculpture– Keith Sonnier, Carol Bove and Robert Irwin. For costuming and jewelry– all of the wonderfully uniquely styled, playful and beautiful humans here in New Orleans and beyond.
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 godly presence. There are so many different sounds and songs that can pull your spirit into different places of consciousness. The sound of a second line band can hold you in two very different places at once—celebrating life even in death in the way only New Orleans can. Dance crying, cry dancing, joy in living, dying, living.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Making cake sculptures! (though that is also an art ;)
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
The afternoon is my favorite time of day—when things are moving forward and there's still a magical evening ahead.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I love to dance! A true expression of the human spirit.