I've created a new original painting to represent New Orleans' Krewe of Red Beans' "Feed the Front Lines" program. Check out the nola.com story here.
The Red Beans Krewe has created a program that hires out-of-work musicians to deliver large orders of food from our local restaurants to doctors, nurses, and first responders. This beautiful symbiosis is uplifting our community by bringing love to the healthcare workers on the front lines, and providing jobs to our beloved musicians who cannot perform due to COVID-19. I’m proud to be on the artist team putting out imagery to boost the program! 4 visual artists have been commissioned to create illustrations inspired by a front lines photo taken by photographer Katie Sikora. This particular illustration features the Blue Louisiana Iris as a symbol of unity, and the Yerba Santa flower is also pictured on top of a pair of lungs. Yerba Santa has properties that ease breathing and emotionally assist in the processing of grief.
Nik and I were commissioned by the Arts Council of New Orleans for the City of New Orleans' Percent for Art Program, to create an installation that honored the history of the Lower Mid City corridor.
This work celebrates the Tulane-Gravier community's history and interprets its post-Hurricane Katrina recovery through residents' eyes. The narrative begins at Canal Street with the founding of the City of New Orleans and culminates at Tulane Avenue. Twenty-two illustrated steel plates, embedded in the streetscape along Galvez Street between Canal St. and Tulane Ave, highlight the complex residential, industrial, and healthcare industries of the area.
It took Nik and I over two and a half years to envision, execute, and oversee this installation from conception to completion.
"Power in Colors" is the peaceful protest sign that I designed for the Women's March on Washington. I ran a GoFundMe campaign to produce 50 signs, digitally printed on corrugated plastic. The campaign was so successful that I doubled the goal and made 100 signs -- 65 were sent on a bus to D.C. and the rest were carried in New Orleans.
This design communicates the essence of America the beautiful; that our POWER lies in our diversity. Our great-great-great grandparents came from every corner of the planet to create this nation, and our strength and versatility come from our multitudes of colors. We must stand for unity, empathy, and respect, now more than ever.
Additionally, The Amplifier Foundation has selected this design to be featured in their nationally touring exhibition titled "Hear Our Voice", showing 50 featured signs from the Women's March on Washington. The sign has also been chosen by the Historic New Orleans Collection for their archive of protest signs from the Women's March. I am so grateful for the outpouring of support, as it has been very affirming of my decision to use visual communication to facilitate social awareness and change.