I was born in California and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Growing up in an alcoholic family, art was my saviour. Being raised by a single mother, art was my outlet. At the age of 13, I started my affair with drugs and alcohol. Being a drug addict and having dyslexia, led to much frustration…to put it mildly. Again, art was my solace, my refuge. I have always been drawn to abstract art. My father left when I was 11, but before he left, he gave me a beat up box of old pastels. I used those things everyday. My father passed on a love of art and a natural ability to create. After struggling for years with addiction and a lack of belief in myself, I went back to school. I graduated with a B.F.A. in studio art from Louisiana State University.
My influences are Alice Neel, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Paul Klee, Mark Rothko, Matisse, Paul Noble, and Andrew Wyeth…etc. I work in two veins of expression. The first being “unconscious painting”, pure creativity, no plan, just letting the lines and picture evolve on its own. The second vein of my art revolves around cubism and abstraction of the human form. I’m particularly drawn to pictures of boxing, wrestling, any type of physical conflict. These pictures manifest physically, the inward spiritual/emotional conflict we feel against ourselves and others. Physical conflict, i.e. struggling, expresses the “human condition”. Painting and drawing is my therapy.
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