Artist Profile

Artist Profile: Miranda Lake

In the midst of the loss and desolation that stalked New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina, local artist Miranda Lake got back to work in her flood-damaged studio on pieces that could be considered a form of reinvented preservation. Lake…

ARTIST PROFILE: John Patrick Salisbury

The quest for the right place to make art has taken photographer and painter John Patrick Salisbury from northern California to Los Angeles to New York and finally to rural Louisiana. His search for art-making supplies, however, often takes him…

Artist Profile: Allison Stewart

Allison Stewart’s paintings are sometimes described as abstract landscapes, but her inspiration comes less from natural scenes and more from the cumulative landscape of her diverse interests and life experiences.Working with mixed media on large canvases, Stewart has long been…

Artist Profile: Ron Bechet

Much of painter Ron Bechet’s work plays along the fuzzy dichotomies between ideas, such as reality vs. illusion, organized religion vs. spirituality, and experience vs. identity. So maybe it’s not surprising that his roles of student and teacher are a…

Artist Profile: Garth Swanson

It’s not unusual for New Orleans people to tell Garth Swanson they recognize some of the individual subjects of his most recent series of paintings. Sometimes they even have their own names for them. “A lot of people know the…

Frank Relle

“New Orleans is a nighttime city,” photographer Frank Relle says, explaining the nocturnal work habits that produce his evocative, unsettling images of houses around the city. “Even if I wanted to take these pictures during the day, I just wouldn’t…

Kelly Guidry

The sound of a buzzing chainsaw   may make you think back to those post-storm days with sweaty men felling hurricane-damaged trees, but one south Louisiana artist may have you appreciating that sound in a new way. To Kelly Guidry—and his…

Sandra Burshell

Sandra Burshell’s optimism shines through in her artwork. For a while, post-Katrina, she says she was obsessed with taking photographs of the destruction in areas such as the Ninth Ward and Lakeview. Her photographs—close-ups of houses, fence posts, windows and…

Karoline Schleh

Artist Karoline Schleh is a detail-oriented person, but not in the way that you might think. For Schleh, her work is all in the details. “Most of my subject matter is either autobiographical or about the small details we often…

David Borgerding

David Borgerding takes some of his inspiration from one of nature’s most ideal marriages of form and function. Bones, he says, “are just big enough for what they’re intended to do. They’re the perfect structure.” Similarly, in crafting his abstract…

Anthony Henderson

Anthony Henderson’s art is rooted in imagery that dates back thousands of years. Whether it’s the more primal energy of his paintings of animals, which he likens to those found on walls of pre-historic caves, or the ethereal quality of…

Tricia Duffy Vitrano

“Once I get into the paint, it brings me places I don’t expect,”says Tricia Duffy Vitrano. “You have this skeleton, and you build on the body and you don’t know how it’s going to be, but that’s the excitement.” Duffy…

Jonathan Traviesa

by OLIVIA SMITH “There’s a certain violence to photography, a certain stealing,” says Jonathan Traviesa. “When someone whips out a camera, there’s immediately a whole new dynamic.” In his portraits, the artist continues, “I work hard to counteract that effect.…

Jimmy Descant

Where most people look and see junk, Jimmy Descant sees ingredients in his own particular recipe for magic. “I can recycle just about anything,” the sculptor says. “I’m always picking up rusted bits of metal off the street. They’ve been…

Rain Bedsole

by OLIVIA SMITH “I see the process of making art as this spiral,” says Raine Bedsole. “You keep coming back to the same place, but hopefully you’ve gained something on it. You’re not just going around in circles.” In Bedsole’s…

Louviere & Vanessa

“She clicks the shutter and I scream and yell,” is how Jeff Louviere good-naturedly describes the collaboration with his partner in life and work, Vanessa S. Brown. She in turn puts it this way: “We yell and scream at each…

Courtney Egan

For video artist Courtney Egan, mass culture is both the raw material and the subject matter of her “video collages.” Her work, she says, is about “how culture —media culture in particular—affects me emotionally.” “I think of my pieces as…