My first painting subject were the pelicans I would watch from my porch on Bayou St. John in New Orleans. I watched them dive repeatedly. Sometimes they’d come up empty-handed, and I admired their persistence.
My interest in pelicans eventually turned into an interest in other birds which made good starting points to explore color, texture, and edges. I have since expanded into various other representational subjects and some abstract work. When I make art, I feel like I am forging a future. When I look at my paintings in this light, it seems natural that I would often use a lot of thick, heavy paint and a palette knife which allows me to apply it liberally. I want people to see the “marks” I make. They are intentional.
In 2015, I started doing live paintings at weddings and events. I try to represent the feeling and spirit of their day on a canvas. Making those types of marks on that type of day seems a physical way of sharing in their joy.
In 2020, I have been painting at hundreds of weddings and amid the pandemic. Very special times indeed to capture in art.