I am a native New Orleanian living and working in the city. I am a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and received my BFA from The University of New Orleans. In addition to painting I also create drawings and have a line of hand drawn silk clothing.
My paintings are vibrant and colorful, veiling subject matter that can be dark or uncomfortable. My work is distinctly southern, including bright azaleas, giant palm fronds, and banana leaves. My paintings begin as gestural acrylic paintings, building towards thick areas of decidedly placed oil paint, glitter, or gold leaf. I use my closest relationships as a point of departure, collaging together photos and drawings to create my composition. These collaged situations transform into surreal southern landscapes.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Intimate, Surreal, Detailed
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’m influenced by the natural environment of the southeast, I want my paintings to feel like New Orleans by subtly including familiar flowers, sharp shadows, and vibrant colors.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I collect ideas, sketches, and photos that I constantly refer back to while working. I will often have an idea for a while before I start a painting. Sometimes I’ll start and finish multiple paintings in one day. Some paintings I’ll work on for months before I feel they're finished.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from all around me. The people that I love, the south, women, nature, logos, brightly painted buildings, other painters, my Instagram screen caps, and old family photos.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Henri Rousseau, Gauguin, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kerry James Marshall, Ingres, Marcia Marcus, the Bay Area painters
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I listen to whatever keeps me awake and interested in the studio. Mainly the radio, so a mixture of WWNO and Q93.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
My studio is in my backyard so I’m almost always home. If I’m not making art I’m working on the house, bothering my cat, cooking, or talking to my plants in attempt to help them grow.
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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.
Hall Barnett Gallery
The Stacks Bookstore at the CAC