I received my Bachelor’s degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in Interdisciplinary Sculpture with a Concentration in Book Arts. I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. My home has made a huge impact on my art, as the culture, vitality, and architecture are hard to escape.
Since Hurricane Katrina, I have been exploring the ideas of losing the contributing factors that make a place home. I have been drawn to the repetitive nature of disastrous events along with the governmental, social, and geographic reactions to these.
My work channels the whimsical nature of New Orleans’ architecture and characters. I continue to be drawn to details in the buildings and landscape of my hometown. Seeing the beauty and tireless work in each structure, I create a connection to each establishment through the recreation of these in architectural drawings and paintings.
In addition to the architectural work, I have begun a series of "Walking Illustrations". Each walking piece is meant to provoke a feeling of movement (physical, emotional, spiritual, mental)- growth in one's life and development. With these illustrations, I hope to portray a joy that much art, culture and people are missing in modern times. Focusing in on joy with a little whimsy as well as historical or spiritual undertones, I aim to show that everyone walks a similar path.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Detailed, Whimsical, Storytelling
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 love adding some whimsical love to the scenery of New Orleans. I enjoy watching people walk past the the historical homes surrounded by giant trees and native plants.
Where do you draw inspiration? I draw a lot of inspiration from The New Yorker's illustrations, historical architecture all around the world, fashion (old and new), bright natural colors out in the world and eccentric people.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? I have always been significantly influenced by Paul Gauguin's art. Although my technique and materials are very different from his, I try to channel his color palette, dream-like subjects and peaceful capture of his environment.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
" 'Cause I'm walkin' to New Orleans
I've got no time for talkin'
I've got to keep a-walkin' "
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? I enjoy eating good food, spending time with family and my pets.
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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.
WalkingMan Studios, my private studio at 4432 Magazine Street. Visits are available by appointment only.
New Orleans Museum of Art Gift Shop
Color Cards NOLA