Passionfruit blooms from a double-vessel: the first vessel is the vase, which represents containment, beauty, stasis. The second vessel is the wooden boat, which represents freedom, the inner world, movement. The boat carries the seeds, the life-giving force, but it is in many ways bounded and curtailed by the outer vessel.
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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