As an art educator, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. I set an example by continuing to be a student of art, of teaching, and of learning. I always endeavor to do the very best I can in the classroom, never forgetting the influence I have on my students. I hope to instill in them an enthusiasm for art, and for learning.
As an artist my work predominately conveys ideas concerning the constructed narrative of identity. Imagery derived from folk tales, local legend , and the memory of others. My unique & intricate woodcut prints are created start-to-finish by hand. Original prints are published by me in exclusive limited editions using top shelf inks, fine archival papers and exacting care.
As an artist, I have had my work featured in the Acadiana Center for the Arts, Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum, and Jefferson Street Gallery of Lafayette. My original prints have become highly collectible and can be found in prestigious collections such as the George Rodrigue Private collection, The Library of Congress African American Arts Collection, and The Paul and Lulu Hilliard Private Collections. My art has been featured in several books namely "Louisiana Folktales: Lupin, Bouki, and Other Creole Stories", "The Kingdom” graphic novel, "Deuces Wild” graphic novel, "Louisiana Southwestern Review 2008-2012", and several illustrations for the UL Press of Lafayette. In the past 5 years, my students have earned awards and honors in a variety of art contests. I have watched 26 of my students graduate and enroll in Art programs throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. I am currently working on a new graphic novel, “Orgon61.” I also manage a small creative startup company called “Hare House Press.”
You can learn more about my process in the video below this section
My role as a teacher has never been limited to the classroom. I constantly seek out ways that I can benefit the school and the community through my work. I have held a number of different positions of teaching and performing supplemental duties and in the past few years, I have found that I enjoy and have much to contribute. After a career in industrial technology, the oil, gas industry, and information technologies, I went back to college to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art concentrating in printmaking. I started a gallery, lived as a working artist, and then began teaching while earning an Alternative Certification at night.
This video was created in 2008 by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette both honoring and documenting my accomplishments as an artist committed to creating work based on heritage and culture.