The painting is inspired by a lot of things but in part it's about the New Orleans custom of family and friends sitting out on their front stoops and socializing with each other. This seemingly mundane activity is a huge part of maintaining neighborhood culture. At times this social tradition can be a very intimate thing to witness, as people interact, laugh, argue with each other in personal ways in a public space. The painting depicts two close friends of mine sharing a private, quiet moment in our neighborhood of the 7th ward after the sun has set in the evening.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013. Since graduating, I have been living and making art in New Orleans, LA. Locally, I am represented by Hall-Barnett Gallery and Where Y'art and have shown my work across the country including at Art Basel in Miami, FL.
My subject matter, the materials I use, and the process for making are natural outgrowths from my interest in reflecting my immediate community, family and friends living in New Orlean's Seventh Ward. Much of my work is inspired by participating and witnessing the weekly, sometimes daily celebrations that her family and community throws. Through BBQ's, birthdays, Second Lines, Mardi Gras Indian celebrations and calendar holidays, I observe a beautiful visual culture I don't see documented other places
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