Born in Manchester, Jamaica. I am well known there for my drawings and paintings. I used to sell paintings at the craft market in Ocho Rios to tourists from all over the world. Growing up on an island there is always a talk of " WI LIKKLE BUT WI TALLAWAH" meaning even though we are a small island we are big because of our stamp on the world as a whole. There was always more to see and more to be in the world. I moved to New Orleans in 2010 and fell in love with the city, the gumbo of cultures found here, so much art and inspiration, it reminded me of our motto back home " Out of many, One people".
I am an easy going person inspired by other artists, it intrigues me to see them create new ideas and their different ways in executing their medium for desired effects. I have been drawing since I was 5 years old (as far back as i can remember), I would lay under my bed and draw cows under my mattress, I started painting in 2007 and became addicted. My subject matters consist of portraits, landscape and some occasional still life. I really enjoy painting people , everyone is so unique. I usually paint in series, meaning if I am in the mood to paint birds I will do 2 or more paintings of birds until I am satisfied.
I always consider myself a baby of art because with every artist I meet, my outlook changes, I learn something new. My mother always says to me "Your gift will make a way for you" , my father on his deathbed said " Never stop painting, there will be victory even though the army will be shed". So this will be my everything.........I give you Patrick Henry.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Vibrant, Direct, Eclectic
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 feel like I have a key ingredient to the city's "art jambalaya", the culture and traditions of the people here are as rich as back home and that has major influence on my work.
**Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
You will probably see me staring at the blank canvas for an hour, mapping in my mind how it will look when its finished, for portraits i will do a simple outline sketch but for landscape i dive right in with the paint. I plug my earphones in and lose track of time. I have to have a personalized playlist to fit the mood im in at the time.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Talking with people, usually other artists, or watching art videos, when i see something impressive it makes me want to do something impressive as well.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Barrington Watson , Osmand Watson and I like Rembrandt. I love the Watsons styles and I love how Rembrandt handles light and shadow.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Reggae, Bob Marley "One love, One heart, lets get together and feel alright"
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Sleeping (just kidding) Researching finding more inspiration, doing construction or playing football (soccer?)
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I AM A MORNING PERSON.....HUMAN COFFEE RIGHT HERE, I love Sundays, slow and easy and my birthday month December
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I am a marvel comics fan, I have a graphic novel collection
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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.
Pirate's Alley, Wakin Bakin, Cask, Revival Art House, Backatown nola, Home Malone