I was born in Leland, Mississippi. I grew up in Morton, Mississippi until I graduated from Morton Public High School. I then furthered my college education at Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, where I received an Associate of Arts degree in Bible. I then transferred to Southern California College (now Vanguard University of Southern California) in Costa Mesa, California, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. I have spent the greater portion of my adult life as a medical education librarian at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. I also have worked in the public library systems in both Hinds and Rankin counties in Mississippi. I now reside in Morton, Mississippi and commute back and forth to Jackson to work, where I have presently been working at temporary job assignments mainly in law firms and medical clinics.
I started painting in 2005 and I am self-taught. My paintings are both created in acrylic and oil pigments. I also use mixed mediums of plaster, paper, stone, shell, glass, fabric, etc. The themes of my paintings are a mix of realism, abstract and non-objective methods. I also have done a few sculptures recently. I also write poetry and assign a poem to each painting that I create. I love the convergence of language and visual images infusing the works of art with metaphor and symbolism.
I have been painting artworks and selling them on the Internet. I have had seven art exhibits at Brandon Public Library in Brandon, MS, August - September 2007, G. Chastain Flynt Memorial Library in Flowood, MS, August – September 2009, Morton Public Library in Morton, MS, December 2009 – March 2010, Brandon Public Library in Brandon, MS, April 2010 – May 2010, Staffers, Inc. in Jackson, MS, July 2012 - September 2012, Municipal Art Gallery in Jackson, MS, July 2013 - September 2013, Staffers, Inc. in Jackson, MS. July 16 -30, 2015.
Three articles were written in three newspapers about my paintings. One newspaper article was in the Scott County Times in Forest, Mississippi in January 2010, another newspaper article in the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, MS in February 2010 and The Northside Sun in Jackson, MS in August 2012. You can see my paintings and poems on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Youtube, Fine Art America, Tumblr, Linkedin and others.
"Reflections on Painting"
The inspiration for my art emerges from the subconscious and spirit. They seem to flow up from unknown spaces. When painting, I find that I dwell most truthfully in the strokes of paint that fade and blur on the canvas. The feathered light strokes that depart from the delineated forms into that “no man’s land,” leaving one color and moving to another. This ambiguous and existential space in my paintings represents my inner spirit. I always acknowledge the clear strong lines but truly reside with those blurring strokes between them. My own identity pays homage to the distinct but feels most at home with that space of “transition,” the world of the lifting drifting stroke. Most of my work comes from abstraction but I explore realism as well in a minimalist approach.