As a painter and multi-media artist, I have dedicated my life to the healing journey of the creative process – for both myself and as many others as possible.
My background combines generations of doctors with a lineage of artists and free spirits, and I knew from a young age that my life would represent the confluence of the two disciplines. I was drawn to art, while honoring the healing journey that my background also represents.
I am interested in the integral nature of creative expression to humans through time – even when survival depended on building fires and shelter and hunting food, the earliest humans still made time to reflect their inner and outer reality through art.
In making the choice to pursue art, I honor the privilege of having the time and space to immerse myself in nature, in travel, in exploring the wonders of the world, whether it be the flight of birds catching air currents over the Mississippi, or the incongruous beauty of rampant flowering vines overtaking a derelict shotgun house.
I then hold it as a sacred duty to impart what I see and learn to the world via my paintings – they are not just beautiful, colorful images; they represent my own inner and outer journey, and seek to draw the viewer in to participate in that journey.
To me, my art exists to inspire people to make a change within themselves. In the same way that the Tantric yantras take you from the place you’re in to a new place - your mind is transformed – when you look at my paintings, my intention is that you’re visually transported to a different state of mind or consciousness – a calmer, more optimistic place. A sense of possibility. It’s entirely about transformation.
Alongside my art, I am a spiritual seeker who explores yoga, meditation, mantra and various other modalities in my pursuit of wholeness and restoration, for myself and the world.
I believe we can all contribute to the betterment of the world through creating art. And it’s my hope that all of us will find our own form of creative expression in the world.
Questions & Answers
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in your community? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
In New Orleans you walk down the street and your neighbors wish you goodnight. You round a corner and the sunlight shines through the feathers of a Mardi Gras Indian costume. You notice that the vine enveloping the electrical pole has the most magnificently purple flower, that the flower growing up through the crack in the sidewalk is so delicately violet that your eyes swell with tears at the brilliance. Everything in this city is art and poetry and the studio is where I mark the measure of my passing.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Everything is ritual. Ritual holds the space for the creative process and is the vessel which moves inspiration to actualization.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Nature, people, and travel. My biggest desire as an artist and as a human being is connection - to connect with others and to be fully enveloped by my environment. When you travel you can be anyone you want to be and when you return home you get to take a little more of that with you each and every time
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Mostly literary - Camus, Henry Miller, Dostoyevsky - James Dean, David Bowie - Growing up in Missouri my heroes were those who let me know I could be so much more.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
And the wind is at my back and I'm sailing on a ship that's overdue. Well I've blown so many chances that I ain't gonna blow this chance too. And I've seen enough bad time to know, good time's begun. Even the blind man can tell when he's walkin' in the sun. Fink - Walkin' in The Sun
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
In cafes all over the city
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
In the future I'm a singer/songwriter
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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.