The "Louisiana Roots" series explores the nature of identity and place: Louisiana-native plants sprout from vessels whose surface patterns evoke travels to distant lands. The interior of the vessel protects the roots, essential to identity and growth. What is within emerges in often unexpected ways, growing alongside patterns collected from far away travel. Thus the interior remains rooted in place in certain essential ways, even as the traveler collects new ideas and delights in new cultures.
I was born in Covington, Louisiana. After college (I studied Literature and Art History, with plans to go into academia) I moved to Serbia for two years. I was inspired by the Byzantine icons-- a motif that still finds its way into my work regularly-- and, for the first time in my life, found I had the time to paint every day. I quickly realized this was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life and I returned to the United States determined to establish an art career. I've been painting full-time ever since.
I still spend a lot of time traveling, and when I'm not in New Orleans you can find me in some distant land (most recently, I took the Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing to Moscow), sketchbook in hand, gathering inspiration.
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