Size: 30"W x 48"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
The title, "Grand Marshal", comes from a flamboyant New Orleans band leader. I was born in New Orleans where parades happen all the time, not just during Mardi Gras. The leader of a marching band is an honor and taken very seriously. The Grand Marshal sets the tone as well as the tempo. He is the one that creates the excitement that the band members feed off. This high stepping leader gives spectators permission to dance along. The more the crowd gives back, the more energy the band projects. It's a fun time for all. So fun to paint and a joy to see hanging in my studio while it cures. An oil painting can take 4-6 weeks to fully cure before shipping and I've become quite attached to this work (friends and peers have admired it as well). It has fully cured now and is ready to hang in that special place.
Art and creativity has always been part of who I am, but I only really started to focus on painting full time at the age of 50, following a long and successful career in advertising. As an artist, I love working in many different styles and exploring a wide range of subject matters. The beauty of online galleries lies in their eclectic art collections, and without the pressure of brick and mortar galleries dictating what I paint, I am free to paint whatever inspires me. Painting for me is an experience of falling headlong into inspiration. An image I come across will stick in my head and refuse to leave until it finds its way onto the canvas. My work is visually diverse, and there are very few painting styles that don’t inspire me in someway or another. My paintings range from abstract and cubist, to impressionistic and realistic. Most recently, I’ve been inspired by quirky and retro TV shows to tell a story through my paintings. The lighting and cinematography of these shows inspire me to paint dramatic moments in time, and I create unique, intriguing characters that are open to interpretation.