A native of southern Ontario, I was enrolled in a sign painting course at George Brown College in Toronto when I discovered rock ‘n’ roll. At age twenty-three, I struck out for the Big Easy seeking a musical education.
Since then, my artwork has made its presence known in New Orleans. I created more than fifty masks that have roamed the streets on Mardi Gras days dating back to 1994. Some people may remember the Central Business District’s beloved, departed Mermaid Lounge; I created the sign for that establishment, along with sculptures for Jacques-Imo’s hand-painted sign throughout the city.
While New Orleans remained my artistic center, I spent twenty years of hard touring as a musician in bands such as Rhudabega, Yellow #5, The Spores, earthlings? Mondo Generator and Gnarltones. I’ve played on records with Frank Black, Queens of the Stone Age, Twilight Singers, Mike West and Myshkin, Martina Topley-Bird, Mondo Generator, earthlings? And Mark Lanegan.
During this time, I also created a puppet show called Arugula, a death metal puppet band that auditions human drummers. We performed regularly as a comedy troupe at the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip.
I remained in Los Angeles until 2008 when I decided to return to New Orleans to pursue my first true love: visual art. Money was tight, gas prices were high, and I’d loaded all my possessions into a van. To earn money as I made my way across the country, I created a series of circus banners and sold them out of my van. I sold a banner in Las Vegas, one in Marfa, TX and two in Dallas. Amazingly, this plan worked – and the van didn’t give me any trouble, so I was back in New Orleans within a week.
Soon after my return, I was offered a job managing the Bywater Art Lofts, an artist’s community in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans where I lived and worked until late 2015 when I became a full-time painter of circus banners.