Primarily, I am a self-taught metal artist and have had no formal art education. As a self-employed Iron Worker for over 15 years I fabricated many custom gates, fence, and porch railings. Some of these projects that I am particularly proud of were for former NFL football players homes. My skills were honed making gates and railings and I decided to try my hand at making iron sculptures. Many of my art concepts come from my surroundings. Occasionally I will work from a client’s vision to create a custom sculpture that usually surpasses their expectations. I have also made many functional art items such as Chairs, Tables, as well as many custom tools. I became interested in stainless steel jewelry because stainless steel will never tarnish , it is enduring and more economical than sterling silver. Most of the tools for the construction of my jewelry are hand made by me to suit the design and purpose. My display systems are also a "one of a kind" and handmade as well. I personally hand engrave all my jewelry and always come up with unique ideas for bracelets, rings, and pendants that reflect upon my deep "Louisiana Bayou" roots.
Recently one of my sculptures was entered in Forum 35's Art Melt where it was one of 65 items to be displayed in Baton Rouge Capital City Museum. Although I did not place first, it was a fantastic experience for me and one from which I gained valuable exposure in the local Art Community. I have participated in many art shows over the years and am an active member of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. I show regularly as an artist at their monthly arts markets. I am a regular vendor at Art Melt, Perkins Row, and Fest for All in Baton Rouge, Frisco Fest and Sings & Strings Festival in Garyville, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in French Settlement, and many one-time appearances at art festivals all over south Louisiana. I have shown my work also at Art Gumbo at Houmas House in Darrow, LA. On one of the visits to Houmas House, I was interviewed by McKenzie Womack with the Advocate, a local newspaper and the story was published in our local newspaper.
There is truth in the expression “starving artist”... let me just say, I may not be in this for the fortune though I do greatly appreciate the income. Art allows me to express who I am, remember where I came from and tribute those that I love....