People often ask me, “Why don’t you paint mountains, canyons or snow scenes?” Well, I have, on occasion, many years ago, painted a few mountain scenes. But, it doesn’t make much sense to me, for several reasons; for one, I’m not very familiar with those areas. I think they can be both beautiful and very inspiring but I have no real connection to them. Besides, aren’t there enough good and really great artists already actively involved in producing paintings, prints and drawings of these areas of the country? Absolutely!
I’m a firm believer that, even though an artist is entirely free to paint as they wish and whatever subject they wish, every artist should first consider very seriously painting either that which they intimately know; what they’re personally and fundamentally about; or what they deeply and fervently dream about.
In attending that belief, I paint Louisiana Landscapes.
As it happens to be related, I’ll also paint the things we see in those landscapes, horses, old buildings, bayous, boats and wildlife. And to the extent that I dream beyond blatant reality, I paint abstracts as well.
And, there’s more to it. I feel extremely fortunate and privileged to have roots here in South Louisiana. Those roots go very deep and way back as my ancestors of the Biloxi and Chitimacha aboriginal tribes have been here for many centuries. Over the last couple of hundred years, their culture, though very different, to a large extent has become intertwined with that of the Cajuns, yet each making their mark on the land. The Louisiana landscape has been impacted, for better or worse, by the local people, both native and immigrants. It’s a sobering reality that without the changes effected by them, there wouldn’t be as much to paint, nor would the paintings look the same.
The Louisiana landscape as we know it is a collaborative work between man and nature, all the more to love.