"I use photography as more than a means to capture a moment in time, but as a voice to capture a movement through time. I seek to describe a journey, a fairytale, a feeling of progression to – and through – themes that engage my artistic eye."
I grew up with people, places and objects that grounded my roots deep into the southern soil, and my heart into Louisiana's personality. I sense the South in its old things that still have purpose, in its soft blanket of pine straw beneath my feet, and its suffocating summer nights. I smell it in the strong coffee, in the mud and the paper mills. I see it in the blur of the cotton and the sugar cane fields as I pass by, and the small white churches that dot the landscape. I hear the South in the distant train whistles, the song of the cicadas signaling evening's arrival, and in the accents of the people I love. I also imagine it in the storytelling beneath southern branches of culture and history. The memories embedded in my southern senses will always be part of me, and the art I create. My passion for photography runs deep. My love for sharing it with others runs wide. It is my hope that you see and feel both.
I use photography as more than a means to capture a moment in time, but as a voice to capture a movement through time. I seek to describe a journey, a fairytale, a feeling of progression to – and through – themes that engage my artistic eye. Such are the images you see in The Three Chapters Of Illumination: God Calling. This series, created during a difficult period of uncertainty and loss, represents a metaphorical journey in three stages: one of burden, to knowledge, and into liberty – with the wolf symbolizing fear, and the young woman overcoming this fear.
In an effort to create images that evoke a sense of nostalgia, I blend modern Photoshop techniques with historical printing-out processes, and use photogravure, oils, glazes, and waxes to achieve my vision. I create images that appeal to my vintage eye, challenging me to seek different approaches and techniques in the camera, in the computer, in the printing and with paint.