Where are you from originally and where do you live now?
I’m from Lake Charles, LA and now live in Mandeville, LA – just north of New Orleans across Lake Pontchartrain.
What's your background as an artist?
I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to attend a high school with a strong arts program, and I continued taking studio art classes in college. I’ve been making art independently, and for the past few years I’ve been painting nearly every day.
Has your work always been abstract and minimalist?
I’ve always been drawn to minimal work, and my current painting aesthetic came about almost by accident a few years ago, when I began making paint draw-downs with squeegees as a casual way to create color palettes for my screen print illustrations. Draw-downs are what artist paint companies create when they evaluate paint batches. More and more, I was interested in the shapes and compositions of this preparatory work, and eventually abandoned my representational work.
The artist's tools
Tell us a bit about the materials and process behind these pieces.
In this series I’ve used watercolor and acrylic paints applied to rag paper with squeegees. I work in a quick and focused way on a number of paintings at a time. This keeps me visually refreshed and forces me to be in the moment. The trickiest aspect of my process is that it is purely additive – there’s no undoing, correcting, or masking the marks I make. There’s always an underlying possibility of ruining work, and actually a lot of the work I begin is ruined at some point in the process. It’s taken me a while to come to terms with this, but now I’ve come to embrace it. I view the failed work as an important and necessary part of my process.
Your color combinations are divine! What are some inspirations behind these colors?
Thank you! I’ve been inspired by so many things – quilts, faded illustrations in old books, the violet/orange morning light of my commute. Building color palettes is my favorite aspect of painting. I’m interested in color modulation – the many slight variations of a color and the emotional range that can be contained within that. I love the gradual unfolding of these nuances of color. I also appreciate the visual power that serial work can give to color through repetition and variation.
The Gloria Switch
You have a singular, precise aesthetic. How has it developed over time?
I’ve spent the last two years getting acquainted with using squeegees and brayers, tools usually associated with printmaking, in a painting context. With each medium I work in – watercolor, gouache, acryclic, powdered charcoal - there is a learning curve. It’s been a gradual expansion of my range, and I appreciate the learning and experimentation that affords precision.
Photo of the artist by Carson Broom