About

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I was born and raised in New Orleans. My interest in the arts started in high school in a journalism course that included photography with black and white film processing. After graduation I played guitar and sang as the front man in a band that performed at clubs on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. Eventually I had an opportunity to go to Rhode Island where I continued playing music and in the summers attended The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. That’s where I saw an exhibit of hand tinted post cards from Japan. It was the pivotal moment in my photography career. I was still performing as a singer-songwriter but now I had a true direction for my photography. I was using my black and white photos and etching negatives to print on silver gelatin paper, then hand coloring with thinned oil paint.

That was 35 years ago and even though a lot has changed in photography, some things have been preserved. The process is similar but now I scan the original piece of artwork and make Giclee prints using archival inks and paper.

I hope you enjoy the work shown here and when I’m playing at a venue or if I’m having a show at a nearby gallery, please come out and introduce yourself. I would love to meet you.