Artist Statement 
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          I create art because it is fun and one of the few things that relaxes my mind. I enjoy the outcome and painting with beautiful colors. Knowing my creations are uplifting to viewers and collectors who acquire my art is encouraging, so I continue to paint with hope of leaving a legacy for my family. Another introspection is our universe and how true it seems “Thoughts become things” (Proctor) and how strongly I want to be a positive light in mankind's future.

 

          The abundant beauty nature provides in color, texture, and sound can inspire my art and a sunset, tree, flower, songbird, or a child singing can nudge me onward. The guitar art represents ingrained love for my family's French ancestry, festive music and culture of our Cajun people and friends of Opelousas, Louisiana, my hometown. The bison art symbolizes my interest in Native American history, spirituality, and ancestry, as well as where I live and work today which is my birth state of Oklahoma.

  

           What is unique is how I allow creativity to happen as I go along in a seamless natural flow with my best art beginning with no sketching. This way the art seems to take on a spirit life of its own. When I paint it feels like creating music with each brush stroke orchestrating colors to marry beautifully! Each canvas warms my heart like the surprise birthday parties my Mom threw during my youth. 

           My life is family and art. What makes me push further than painting within fine art boundaries is this endless drive I feel to share my kid’s songs realizing it snowballs positive energy into the universe and spreads moments of fun for many children. The past 10 years of painting has taken my style to this place of challenge to illustrate my fun educational kid’s stories and to create an art installation including paintings, music, stories, photography, nature, characterization, dance, and puppetry.

 

           Soon to be released is a new series Arbuckle Mountains Sunset created in mixed media and my first taste of using resin wax finish on birch wood panels. Then comes the installation project. Although the installation will bring a change in subject matter for story illustrations, they will be created in a fine art fashion with a similar process using photography and paint. Watch for it! Watch for it!

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