I have always worked as an artist, painting for more than 40 years and still love it.
I was born in Savannah, GA, but spent most of my adult life in New Orleans, LA from 1971 where I began my painting career in watercolors, painting French Quarter scenes and people - especially musicians. As my love and abilities for the medium grew, I was invited to work with various galleries. As my work and interest in contemporary jazz evolved, I began experimenting with brighter colors and freer lines in acrylics on canvas in order to capture the intensity of the music. My new interests in bright colors, lines and jazz melded into what I began calling my "Jazz Art".
I enjoy looking at a painting that takes me on a trip while giving me something to discover and think about with each visit. The interaction and tensions between the various compositional elements is what I love about jazz music and painting.
Hurricane Katrina carved out some changes in the New Orleans gallery scene and my life. I still work with one gallery in the French Quarter in New Orleans but I now live in Augusta, GA where I exhibit my work at Art on Broad gallery, at shows and through social media.
Since living in Augusta, I’ve been commissioned to paint several large scenes of the Saturday Augusta Market near the Savannah river. There are lots of people, activities, and colors available to help capture the feeling of being there.
The jazz music scene in Augusta is also evolving thanks to Karen Gorden (a local musician and great organizer) along with other local musicians. They are all a great inspiration to my latest work.