I am fortunate as an artist in that my main muse is also my best friend. Nearly six years of finding inspiration in our collaborations. A good muse doesn’t just inspire, but participates in the creative process. It started with me asking her to dress up for me as different female archetypes. Her past life in New Orleans made her the queen of costumes and props–she came with her own accessories department! I would then take the photos and create paintings from them. The photos in themselves started to become the pieces of art as we began to experiment with elaborate locales and settings. Not only do I love the idea that she becomes so many different women, but I also love that I will photograph her aging process and have a perpetual subject of femininity to document and explore. Every once in a while I will have her sit for me and I will create a painting of her in her natural glory as herself.