The wildlife of Louisiana is diverse but every creature is beautiful. The whooping cranes are majestic birds and they are depicted here with a traditional chinoiserie background.
I was born and raised in New Orleans and have always been drawn to anything old - buildings, historical figures, artistic techniques, etc. I studied history and art history in college, while painting and drawing whenever I could. I then went to graduate school for historic preservation. After a few years working for a local decorative painter and historic refinisher, I began painting more using techniques and ideas I had picked up through that time. My paintings reflect my interests, with a touch of whimsy and are meant to poke fun at the traditional rigidity of classical portraiture. Every portrait has a story because they reflect the life and times of that person. Learning those stories and then bringing them into the modern world through painting is what I enjoy doing.UPTOWN
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