On a recent trip to Rome I stumbled on a retrospective exhibit of the work of the great American painter Edward Hopper. Aside from discovering his wonderful erotic work, seldom seen in the States, I was taken by his resolve to pull imagry from his local surroundings...his back yard and the neighborhoods where he lived.
I recognized that as artists we are always seeking inspiration from distant lands and cultures (hence my visit to Rome), and many times we ignore the treasure of nature and history that is at our doorsteps.
From this realization, I was determined to use what was outside my window, literally, and began this series of works from the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana.
KISATCHIE BURNING was featured in the 2012 Louisiana Contemporary exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Louisiana Contemporary is an annual exhibit that highlights contemporary artists from throughout Louisiana.
KISATCHIE BURNING also won a Merit Award at the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival in Alexandria, Louisiana and was featured with the painting KISATCHIE CLEARING in the exhibit "Artists Among Us" at the Alexandria Museum of Art in 2013.
Paintings from this series are in the collections of the Vernon Parish Police Jury and the Louisiana Leutenant Govenor Jay Dardenne.
"KISATCHIE CLEARING" Recently purchased by the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission to install in the Historic Courthouse lobby in Leesville, Louisiana.
Kisatchie Spring 1 of 2 (dyptich)
"Burnover" In the collection of Jay Dardenne, Lt Governor of Louisiana