Acrylic on 24 in x 24 in Gallery Wrapped Canvas
“This painting is inspired by the passage and refrain following ‘Behold the Lamb of God…,’ in which the congregation responds: ‘Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” The border surrounding the hands holding the Eucharist is inspired by the ornamentation of rays around the monstrance.”
How old are you?
Have you had any formal training in the arts? Where? When? How long?
I have been involved with either drawing, painting, or photography on and off for the last 29 years. As a child, I always drew things around me, mostly people. It began to develop and become more refined in high school.
What inspires your art? Who/what influences you?
My art is very influenced by people, music, and New Orleans. My father introduced me to the arts at a young age. He was a oil painter that focused on landscapes and wildlife. Since beginning in the arts, I have always been drawn to portrait, illustrations, and the human experience.
Growing up in New Orleans, I was introduced to the art galleries in the warehouse district and has influenced my style and interest. I always drawn to the figurative and portrait painters who put normal day people in surreal settings.
How would you describe the style of your art?
Although contradictory, the best term used is abstract realism. In it, lines and shapes loosely indicate shading and expression.
Who are your favorite artists? Favorite works of art?
“Two Poets” and “Irma Thomas” by Doug Bourgeois, “Rebirth” by Terrance Osborne, “Charlie Parker” by Scott Guion, and the works of Kehinde Wiley
What direction is your art taking now and where do you see yourself going? Do you have any new projects you are working on that you are excited about? Any new areas (types/styles of art, subject matters) you’d like to explore or try?
I have begun to take on more art projects and just stay focused on creating. Later this year, I will exhibiting work at Slidell City Hall for the Slidell Art League Artist of the Year show. I just picked up a project for a customer in Chicago for a retiring executive. Although it’s not a full time job, I will take on commissions that influence my passion.
What do you do for a living? Do you create art professionally?
My full-time occupation is a Global Product Manager for large technology firm. Art has been my path to free myself from work. I will occasionally take on projects for commissions, but my biggest enjoyment is getting absorbed in the painting that I am currently working on.
Besides art, what are your other interests – professional or otherwise?
I am involved in my local church parish through the Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus. In addition, I serve as a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Outside of church and art, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Are you Catholic yourself? Are you a convert to the faith or a “cradle Catholic”?
Yes, I was raised Catholic and have been involved with the Church since a young age.
Would you say that you have experienced a conversion or renewal of your faith at some point in your life? Did art play any particular role in your faith story? Would you like to tell us more about that?
I believe my biggest turning point in my faith came in 2007. This was two years following Katrina. Katrina took away everything that I had become comfortable with. My childhood home and church were gone. My parents and brother decided to move to Houston, TX. With a home to come back to, my family and I decided to stay in Slidell. The first two years following was a very rough time.
In late 2007, I decided to turn it over to God and asked for his guidance. This is when I had begun to get more involved in the church and started to become more active in my faith. Art has helped me to think and meditate about life.