After surviving the ravages of hurricane Katrina and its aftereffects, including the sudden conclusion of my career in academic medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, I followed my creative calling to higher ground. Building on occasional courses at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, my focus on creative expression expanded into a way of life in New Mexico.
In New Mexico I’ve studies with experts in the fields of painting, photography, creative writing and pottery at the University of New Mexico, Harwood Art Center, The New Mexico Art League, and Coyote Clay Studio. My interest in horticulture led to participation in Albuquerque’s Master Gardener Program.
My oil paintings reflect my passion for plant and animal life, primarily avian. My personal photographs provide unique material for use as models. Although I paint for internal reasons, complimentary recognition derived from solo shows and awards at juried art shows reinforces my interest in showing and marketing some of my work.
My art has appeared in a variety of publications and as cover art for several issues of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and of the Journal of the National Finch and Softbill Society. A series of educational brochures published and made available nationally by The Association of Avian Veterinarians featured my artwork on an exclusive basis.
Publications in the field of creative writing include a novella, short stories, poetry, personal essays, and articles on aviculture.