In 2010 I graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts. After college, my journey brought me down many paths and in 2014 one of those paths led me to an opportunity I never imagined was possible. I began to work with the living legend, George Dunbar. Since then, I have been adding to my toolbox of knowledge - learning new materials, techniques, and processes - adopting and adapting them to become my own.
Texture is the heart and soul of my current body of work. Textural characteristics can be found among the gilded structural elements of wood, string, and other collected objects. My artwork can be found in private collections and has been featured in numerous juried shows - including the 2018 Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s “Louisiana Contemporary” show where only 25 artists were selected from the entire state.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Textural. Abstract. Contemporary.
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 think I most love creating art in New Orleans because inspiration is everywhere. In my studio environment I am surrounded by nature which helps me create in a peaceful setting.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I'm almost always listening to music while I create.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw my inspiration from nature and experiences from my life. Anything that can't be put into words seems to spill out on my canvas.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
I hold a special place in my heart for the Masters of the Renaissance, but currently I am most influenced by my mentor and friend, George Dunbar.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Anything that can find order in chaos.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Depends what time of day it is.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Any warm day during the Spring/Summer.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I love hearing people try to pronounce my last name - give it a try!
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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.