I was born in Houston, Tx in 1970 and attended the finest art schools that Houston has to offer: Glassell School of Art (MFAH), High school for Performing and Visual Arts, Folber Pottery, Community Artist’s Collective. I am proud to have attended the college of art at Texas Southern U, and hold a B.A. in ceramics/sculpture (under the tutelage of Dr. Hughey) and a M.A.Ed-CUIN, from the University of Houston.
I started creating art early on, and as soon as she could, my mother, a musical prodigy (cellist and music theorist) started taking advantage of community based art programs. I am lucky to have two artistic fathers: one who raised me (a poet and printer) and exposed me to the importance of detail in my work, and the other a well accomplished Jazz musician. My earliest exposure to the visual arts, was through my grandmother, who subsequently started Houston’s first African American Museum- Adept: Museum of the Southwest.
I was fortunate to have direct conversation with these people and programs, not only through my mother, but also my grandmother, who subsequently started Houston’s first African American Museum of Art - Adept.
The immediacy of family and extended family, fed the expansions of my curiosity. Therefore, I not only became versed in the visual, but also performance art (violin, dance, and theatre.)
The exposure of creativity came through a dichotomy of sorts: Both biological parents being musicians (Strings vs. Horns,) different races (Black Creole vs. Anglo Saxon,) and socio-economic margins and advantages.
All of my work pays homage to those things that have influenced my creativity; cowboys, music, Louisiana living, religion, children, intentional details, and America’s altruistic racism.
I am inspired by music of all genres, race, antique photographs, religion, rural life, creole culture, personal struggles, and kids!
To say the least, my most treasured achievements are the relationships I have forged with my Louisiana husband and our two girls (both of whom have taken on the task of pouring their attention and detail into their work.)
I currently live in Baton Rouge, and I love my Texas roots!