Each painting is a collaboration between the subject and the viewer and I try to capture the emotions of the moment to the best of my ability. My paintings start with a photoshoot, I later reinterpret the images in the digital space and then recreate them on canvas. In this way my work is not only coming from my own imagination but is also influenced by the subjects' positions, expressions, and even energy. It wouldn't be until a few years after I developed my style that I would find my way to pushing this boundary. I've always been inspired by what I see and trying to convey it in a realistic way.
I am a New Orleans based artist and photographer. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with an emphasis on painting from the University of New Orleans in 2012. I mainly explore identity through my work, which centers on surreal portraiture. In my work the contrast between real and surreal is confronted through a lens of bold imagery and hypnagogic colors. My subjects, seemingly existing in parallel worlds, tempt the viewer to stay and interpret their own projections. The goal is to invoke an emotional response with contemporary composition, and modern surrealism. It is important for me to record my subjects and capture not only their likeness, but also a sense of their personality and the time they live in. Portraiture is a calling I will never fully understand, but with each piece I glean fresh motives.NEW ORLEANS
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