I say, “I’M A CARVER OF PAINT”, a term I use because it comes the closest to how I feel best describes the way I paint. With a flick of the wrist, a twist of the tip or edge of the knife, an undercut of the paint, I create peaks and valleys in my paintings that remind me of carving clay. I play in piles of oil paint with palette knives choosing to minimally mix the paint on my palette allowing it freedom to mix on the canvas finding its form. I paint in an Impasto style, a truly sculptural form of painting creating lush textures that cast shadows from the peaks and valleys of the carved paint. I’m heavily influenced by artists of the Impressionist movement such as Van Gogh, Monet and Klimt. My art reflects bright colors, high contrast, the use of pointillism along with the incredible textures that surround us everyday. I continue to be inspired daily by the landscapes and buildings from South Louisiana including New Orleans, where I was born and the Houma/Thibodaux area, I now call home.
Sources of inspiration:
After a traumatic brain injury I was driven to create something unique to me, something that encompassed all of my favorite elements of art I’ve learned along the way. I chose to eliminate what I didn’t like about painting and only kept the good, happy parts and in that moment I was forever changed. I paint what I love, I embrace the history that surrounds us and I take in all the details as if it’s the last time I’ll ever see it. You see, I want to create a lasting memory in case my memory fails me in time. These paintings I create will forever hold all I hold dear of my surroundings while reminding me when I can no longer recall the why and the where. I also paint reminders of positivity as recurring themes because the power of positive thought is what got me through and continues to get me through the toughest of times.