I was born here in New Orleans, but relocated after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I lived in Oklahoma after Katrina and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelors degree in Design, Housing, and Merchandising.
I stop painting and drawing after College to pursue a career in the retail industry. My background is heavily focused in luxury retail as a manager but I have always enjoyed painting and drawing since I learned how to write. Just recently I decided to pick up abstract art. I paint things based on my surroundings, conversations I've overheard, or just things that stood out during my day. I only use one brush and a palette knife to create my work... I'm very minimal when it comes to tools. I decided to paint abstract art because it creates conversations.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
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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 that art in New Orleans is becoming very diverse. My work is influenced by what I have seen or heard during my day. So I will say not one particular thing makes up my artwork.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
My creative process typically begins very early in the morning or very late at night. It typically depends on if I observed something that made me want to paint.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I typically draw inspiration from my surroundings.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
My artistic Influences will have to be Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Takashi Murakami.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I love Reggae, Afro-beats, and anything by Sade. I love to paint very vibrant bold paintings.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
You may find me inside. I'm the poster child for the saying "home body".
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
My favorite time of day is night ... I'm a night owl. My favorite day of the week is Sunday. My favorite month will have to be May because that is my birthday month.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I love rice! I eat rice with every meal. Lastly, I'm probably the Worst parrellel parker on this planet.
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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.