I was born and raised in the Western half of the beautiful state of Kentucky. I migrated to Louisiana about ten years ago at the urging of my dear friend who was raised in a magical little Cajun village. As a story teller, Louisiana was beyond inspiring. I remember spending my first Easter in the swamp by Vermillion River for a crawfish boil, we paddled out into the cypress trees in dark green pirogues before getting lost in a rain storm. I made one of my favorite photos to date while we were lost out there. The people and landscapes here continue to inspire my work. Today my work is a mix of film and digital photography from personal projects and magazine assignments and it is almost all centered around the my own need or my client's need to tell a story. I've taken up sailing and rowing traditional boats to explore in an effort to be more aligned with traditional craft and get further away from plastics and big oil.
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Describe your art in three words. Narrative, Environment-based, Documentary
Describe yourself in one word. Sketchy
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 am influenced most by the environment in which we live. It is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world- even in the decimated state in which us humans have left it. It's disappearing quickly. Soon music of South Louisiana will be under water and I am driven to document what I love before it is gone.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I am currently building a wooden boat and using a very old one to explore and document the coast under oar or sail power. So usually I am up way too late, packing cans of food and making sure Ive got enough water. On the last trip I pulled an all-nighter to sew a few new sails for the trip.
Where do you draw inspiration? I love to see what my friends are doing and I love to encounter folk artists living and passed when I am traveling for my editorial magazine assignments. The work of Southern Impressionist Paiters is often what I turn to for inspiration.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? Walter Anderson (duh)
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? I love Zydeco. I love that it comes from a phrase that translates that the beans aren't salty. I also love the music Louis Michot makes. On the last sail I made out of Cocodrie into the night toward Timbalier Island I could almost hear the new Michot's Melody Makers album as our little boat rolled over three foot seas under a super moon.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? Zydeco or Cajun dancing
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Full Moon. Except for the loss of sleep.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. Almost all of my teeth are false.
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