For me, art and photography have always gone hand in hand. Since I can remember I have always been fascinated with the mechanics of cameras, their operation, and their ability to capture.
I deem myself more an artist than that of a traditional photographer and have always been interested in alternative image making processes. Experimental photographic practices such as double exposures, shooting with expired film, & hand tinted photographs have all inspired and interested me. More recently I've been exploring making photographs by hand. This has lead me to make weavings from my photographs. It begins with slicing my photographs into strips, working them back together and framing them in frames (you guessed it) that I also make myself. The art I create from this point forward will borrow from the best from the past, with inspiration from today, to become contemporary artworks that are a unique combination of the two.
My work has been showcased on online photography blogs such as @plantsonpink, @filmshooterscollective, @art.film, featured in "The French Quarterly", have pieces on display at The Catahoula Hotel and the NOPSI Hotel. I've showcased my work at Royal House Gallery, St. Coffee, Downtown Gallery, Sneaky Pickle, The Tigermans Den, The Kirschmens Art Space at NOCCA, The Hubbell Branch Library in New Orleans, The Contemporary Art Center (CAC), and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. I have work in numerous private collections around the world.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
ambiguous + contemporary + ethereal
Describe yourself in a few words.
industrious / compassionate / independent.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
New Orleans is as a place of continued intrigue for me, I find endless inspiration here. I'm fond of the idea that New Orleans is the Northern-most Caribbean City and love to invite this theme into my work. Everything from the tropical plants, to houses with chipping paint in hues of pinks, purples and turquoises finds its way into my work. I love to photograph chickens that live on the street and incredible shadows created by the afternoon sun on antique backdrops covered in wrought iron with their bargeboard insides.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I find the challenge and reward of always creating new work to be such an important part of my creative process. To stay motivated and consistent. To see with new eyes. Craftsmanship is just as important to me as the creative process itself.
Where do you draw inspiration?
The mysterious duality of the natural and urban landscapes. The quiet yet electric corners of the city. The neon lights, the tired houses, & the palm trees.
The past and future together.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Driving down country roads, fishing in the marsh, and living the good life.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I've been a musician much longer than I've been a visual artist and I someday want to find more time to paint with watercolors.
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Where You Can Find My Work
The Art Garden 6pm-12am Thursday-Sunday
Arts Market at Palmer Park Last Saturday of the month. 10am-4pm.
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y'Art Satellite Gallery at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery by appointment.