Discipline: Painting- interior and exterior murals, acrylic, watercolor, oil
My philosophy on art is art is the combination of all subjects: literature, history and philosophy for subject matter; mathematics is inherit in design; the science of color, the chemistry of mediums is unavoidable. Good art should incorporate a little bit of all subjects and inspire exploration of more.
I find peace in landscapes so you will find quite a few in my portfolio, but I also work portraits of people and animals when requested.
Most recently I have changed career paths from smaller landscapes and portraits to murals. I grew up with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, and I have had degenerative disc disease since I was 8, after a 12′ fall at a family reunion. Sitting for prolonged periods became an issue around 2014, and I finally had to give in and have a spinal fusion in 2016. The fusion failed and took 2 more surgeries to get me moving. Sitting can still be painful so the opportunity to move into murals was something I couldn’t pass up. It’s completely demanding physically, but in a different way than sitting or standing for a painting. Movement helps my spine. I now have nerve ablation every few months to burn the nerves and quell pain caused by them. Unfortunately they grow back…I have been considered disabled since 2016.
My art involves a lot of blood, sweat and tears to manifest. Some days are physically exhaustive, some days rock.
(2000) High school degree, Queen City High School, Queen City, TX
(2001-2003) Blinn College, Bryan, TX, general studies, no degree
(2004-2007) Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, English major, transferred after breaking neck in car accident
(2008-2012) Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA
(2012) Bachelor’s of Fine Art, Studio Art, English Minor, NSULA, major oriented GPA 3.6
(2012-2019) Commissioned Landscapes and Portraits
(2016) S1-L5 Spinal Fusion, Spine Institute of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
(2017) Sabine Parish Fair, 1st place, adult art
(2017) State Fair of Louisiana, Judge of children’s art
(2017) State Fair of Louisiana, Reserve Grand Prize for adult art
(2017) S1-L5 Hardware removal
(2018) S1-L5 Re-fusion, the first failed, Spine Institute of Louisiana
(2019) Magnolia Bend, Tioga, LA, murals in Bridal and Grooms Suite
(2020) Montgomery, LA, 14×24′ mural for The Bon Dieu Falls Ladies Club and Bank of Montgomery
(2020) Town Hall, Many, LA, Hummingbird and Flowers, 10×20′ mural for the Town of Many
(2020) Natchitoches Parish Schools office, IT department Tiger Eye mural
(2020) Church Street Fence, Many, LA, for the Town of Many
interior and exterior art