Originally from New Orleans, I moved to NYC 10 years ago for graduate school and to bring some of that NOLA spice to NYC. Upon receiving my MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2010, I moved to Bushwick (Brooklyn) where I maintain an active studio practice. I'm a painter of people and a curator of exhibitions (specifically, the Director of Exhibitions at the New York Academy of Art).
Connecting with my cultural heritage as a Louisiana native, I paint what I know and that is a celebration of artful dress influenced by the elaborate costumes of Mardi Gras but with a reductive sense of elegance and style. My mother grew up in the Bayou as a daughter of a fur trapper, while my father’s mother was raised in the world of elaborate balls and social soirées. I marry these two worlds in the costumes I create for my muses, close friends and acquaintances that fit my own personal aesthetic.
Pieced together from lingerie and fur pieces, laced and beaded, stitched and glued, the outfits I create transforms them into mythological gods and goddesses or a tribe, if you will, of superior beings that escape the blemishes of everyday trials and tribulations. Fur, feathers and foliage bring a natural element of something more elemental, connecting these very civilized beings to more fundamental origins, elevated by beauty and a sense of innate self-possession.