I am now becoming the artist I've always wanted to be! After receiving praise and guidance at a very early age from my father, my fascination with art bloomed into an unquenchable thirst.
I'm a self taught artist, who was introduced to painting in high school, by New Orleans’ artist, Richard Thomas. I was immediately intrigued by color, and began to frequent the art galleries in the French Quarters. I must have walked around for hours going into different galleries, sometimes just staring at a painting, trying to figure out how it was created. I fully graduated from pencil to paint after marveling over the works of William Tolliver. Finding Tolliver was a gift and a curse. I found his work so compelling that nothing I did seemed to measure up. I began working feverishly on canvas, capturing the eyes of others but, unable to satisfy my own high expectations of originality. I refused to be ‘just another artist’ copying someone else. Finally, exhausted, I stopped painting.
...10 Years later, my breakthrough came as I noticed a jazz show from Bourbon Street, observing the reflection of multi-colored light. I realized that I more enjoyed color, than movement. As I explored this theory, I developed my own sense of color arrangement and subject matter.
I paint people because I believe that the physical, on earth, represents the spirit. When I paint Miles Davis, I'm not painting a face, I'm painting his spirit! If I can also capture a great moment in time and preserve history through my aesthetic interpretation, there's no other feeling like it!
With no formal training, I have refined my style to something that moves me each time I finish a piece, and makes me feel as though God has passed through my fingers.
Currently, I live in Atlanta, Ga. with my wife and two daughters; where I teach Visual Arts to middle school students at KIPP WAYS Academy. When I'm not painting, I'm probably giving in to my other addiction, playing chess,
or maybe I'm daydreaming about my childhood in New Orleans.