Growing up in a family of nine and having a large extended family meant that stories and images were constantly swirling around in my head. My senses were stimulated and my imagination allowed me to color outside the lines. I believe that my childhood was so interesting that I still want to document it in images and colors that reflect the emotions associated with memories and feelings. I grew up in the south without electricity and without running water, which meant that the bathroom was outside and the bath tub hung on a nail by the backdoor. We were a typical poor southern family but, as children we seemed to have what we needed. I remember walking a half mile down a dirt road to get to the gravel road which led to town and in my mind that road led to a world of adventure. I ran barefoot in the cotton fields, on the river bank and along the bayou. I was always drawing and my Mother showed me how to sharpen pencils with a knife. When I didn't have a pencil I would sit under the front porch of the house and draw in the dust and dirt while the sun was streaming in through the cracks of the floor over my head. I would talk to the "Daddy Long Legs" and imagine how it would feel to glide like the dragon fly. I am just a southern boy at heart, and paint the way I feel, and remember. Since becoming a full time artist I have worked with oil and acrylic. I want my paintings to initially grab the viewer’s attention and then generate interest in the textures and the colors. I try to convey my memories and emotions through the paintings and stir up past memories and feelings for the viewer. I do this with simple images of Louisiana seafood, southern scenes, butterflies, dragonflies, family members and life growing up in the 50's and 60's. The complexity of my paintings is achieved by the way I use bright colors mixing them on the canvas or on the palette and by the way paint is applied. I apply the paint by the way I feel inside, using rags, paper towels, brushes and palette knives. I push and pull the colors until they convey an emotion or reflect the mood I happen to be in at the time. I want to tell stories with my painting that reinforces the positive and wonderful things that have happened to us all and to recapture some of those feelings and emotions all over again. For added interest and to keep the eye moving throughout the painting, I create texture with paint and within the paint. I use vigorous brush strokes and swiping palette knife passes over the canvas to imply the spontaneity, and the bright color to excite the senses. I know the painting is a success when it takes on a life of its own, meaning that I cannot do anything more to the painting. I have so many memories and feelings of my childhood that I want to document them as visual snapshots of moments in time. The acrylic medium allows me to quickly write this visual book by using my imagination and bright colors. All my paintings have a thread of nostalgia which becomes personal for the viewer. My paintings have an appeal because of the rich luscious color and the interesting textures. I know that my works have accomplished the purpose that I had intended when customers tell me storied while their eyes are twinkling. I have stirred up memories and feelings for someone which is a major reason I love to share my paintings.