I’m a visual artist living and working in New Orleans, LA. From three-story murals to small oil paintings, my work focuses on portraits of humanity, often touching on themes related to community, social justice, and culture. I use a realistic style of portraiture to attempt to create an immediate and intimate connection with the viewer. Drawing from my background in Buddhist meditation and study, I strive to convey my subject’s inner presence and innate value.
Questions & Answers
Born in Northern New York, I received a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University. My work has been exhibited in New Orleans, Detroit, and Washington DC. I’ve executed over a dozen large-scale public murals in Louisiana and New York. In 2020 I received a Federal grant for public art in the Gentilly Resilience District, New Orleans. My memorial portrait series Irreplaceable: Taken by the Pandemic was selected for the Ogden Museum’s Louisiana Contemporary, and became part of a mayoral event on the first anniversary of the pandemic
How would you describe your style of art?
It’s mostly a combination of illustrative realism and surrealism, revolving around portraiture, but I engage a number of different styles.
What do you want the world to know about you as an artist?
Quiet moments have power, especially moments we can encounter ourselves and others in a way that reconnects our humanity. I seek to make art that creates little openings for that, and room for a pause and re-centering in the midst of our busy lives.
Do you draw inspiration from other elements of culture (ie: music, dance, etc)
Murals and street art culture, and the way they blend with gallery and studio arts really inspire me. Meditation and Buddhism have been part of my life since I was 20. They’ve helped me aspire toward empathy and awe of human beings, and our potential. I’m also passionate about climate change, and interested in politics.
Are there any organizations you’re a member of, or support?
Home is Here, Living School, and Citizens Climate Lobby are organizations I've done work with in the past.
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Where You Can Find My Work
Works listed online may be available to be viewed at Where y’Art Works Gallery by appointment