Part of the Citrus Series - traditional portraits with a sweet and sour twist. Portraiture in the arts has been around for thousands of years. The aim of this genre is to capture the character of the sitter, not just the likeness but also the mood. I like to take traditional portraits and lighten them up a bit. The citrus is a bright, tangy and playful fruit. By pairing them with the formality I find in some portraits, I hope to bring happiness and whimsy to the piece.
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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