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 year 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.
I have completed over 75 comissioned works. Some families prefer to keep their art private, sometimes I simply forget to take photos once finished, and some photos were lost with dead phones and computers before I joined the cloud. As I run into patrons, I’m slowly amassing pictures of past work to post.
(1990-2000) attended Atlanta Independent School District, Atlanta, TX, lived in Mooringsport and Vivian, LA
(2000) High school degree, Queen City High School, Queen City, TX
(2001-2003) Blinn College, Bryan, TX, general studies, transferred to 4yr school
(2004-2007) Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, English major, transferred home to Louisiana after breaking neck (cracked C1) in car accident
(2008-2012) Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA
(2012) Graduated with Bachelor’s of Fine Art, Studio Art, English Minor, NSULA, major oriented GPA 3.6
(2012-present) Commissioned Landscapes and Portraits
(2016) S1-L5 Spinal Fusion, Spine Institute of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
(2017) 1st place, adult art, Sabine Parish Fair
(2017) Judge of Children’s Art, State Fair of Louisiana
(2017) 1st place adult acrylic, State Fair of Louisiana
(2017) Reserve Grand Prize for adult art, State Fair of Louisiana
(2017) S1-L5 Hardware removal
(2018) S1-L5 Re-fusion, the first failed, Spine Institute of Louisiana
(2019) began mural career with flower mural, Magnolia Bend, Tioga, LA
(2021) Awarded Artists’ Covid Relief Grant from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council
(2019) Magnolia Bend, Tioga, LA, murals in Bridal and Grooms Suite
(2020) Montgomery, LA, 14×24′ mural for The Bon Dieu Falls Ladies Club
(2020) Town Hall, Many, LA, Hummingbird and Flowers, 10×20′ mural commissioned by the Town of Many
(2020) Natchitoches Parish Schools office, IT department Tiger Eye mural
(2020) Church Street Fence, Many, LA, commissioned by the Town of Many
(2021) The Sabine Theater, Many, LA, commissioned by the Town of Many
interior and exterior art