Photographer, painter, illustrator, & filmmaker. Each medium has led me to the next & all of them are connected by my desire to express what I feel, rather than what I see. Each of these avenues has taught me about a different aspect of art & life: seeing the lines & character of the world around me from illustration, color & contrast from painting, movement & rhythm from film, & framing & capturing the fleeting nature of time from photography.
I am the producer of the 2013 award-winning documentary "Shell Shocked" about youth & gun violence, & finding positive solutions. The documentary has screened around the world, & has been utilized by the National League of Cities, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, The PBS World series "America ReFramed", & the Dalai Lama as a bridge between his message of peace & the New Orleans youth culture. It is also the winner of the 2016 National Council on Crime and Delinquency Media for a Just Society Award.
My drive to create art comes from a restless disquiet & an endless seeking to find an artistic expression to the motion & emotion of the world around me. My work is influenced heavily by the two environments I love & spend the most time in: the gritty, lively, color of New Orleans, & the repectful balance of life in Japan. The results of this discordant harmony of these two vastly different atmospheres provide for a very interesting & unique wellspring of artistic inspiration. I don't believe I have fully expressed myself through my art, but that's a good thing. It means I haven't stopped searching.
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Aug 14 - 16, 2015 - Shimin Plaza - Toyama Regional Photo Group Exhibition. Toyama, Japan
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, 2013 No Dead Artists Exhibition