My raucous painted stories are
thick with baroque imagery and intense color, with roots in rambling Southern
story-telling traditions. Myths and archetypes emanate from my native
Louisiana and living and traveling abroad. My quirky humor, mystical spirituality,
fascination for minute detail in nature and a life of nurturing family,
friends, community and garden appear in painted flora, fruit, fetuses,
food, animals, vegetables, fish, cakes, frogs, birds, insects, people,
planets and fire.
Even costumes, glassware,
china, books, paper and fabrics tell elaborate stories of life, death,
re-birth, agony and epiphany.
Archetypes have always emerged
through the work of artists who teach, comfort, warn, encourage and
heal us. In ever changing costumes, archetypes appear precisely when
they are needed.
In these paintings, they warn
us of catastrophic environmental disasters, display the cornucopia of
gifts in the universe and teach us about the connectedness of all things
as well as the importance of bio-diversity. Through these archetypes,
we become our sisters' and brothers' keepers and learn about divine
love, wisdom, hope and the profound sacredness of all life.
Father God, Momma and
the Holy Spirit ~ 7'x 9'
Detail 1 ~ Father God, Momma and the Holy Spirit
Detail 2 ~ Father God, Momma and the Holy Spirit
~ Pentecost ~ 5' x 7'
Momma, Evangeline and the Holy Spirit ~ 4' x 5'
Detail ~ Momma, Evangeline and the Holy Spirit
Guardians and Frogs ~ 4'x 5'
Detail ~ Guardians and Frogs
Detail with Crawfish Cake ~ Gay Kingsley's World ~ 5' x 8'