After moving to Louisiana about 16 years ago I became fascinated with the  fauna and especially the birds. The sight of a flock of Spoonbills standing in a puddle in front of an Exxon oil refinery while the sun was setting was to much to ignore. It rekindled my love of Audubon and started my use of birds as a subject in my paintings. How could the "Birds of America" be dealt with today? Reading Cormac McCarthy's novel "The Road" and enduring hurricanes Katrina and Gustav also played rolls in the development of the work. Mostly the paintings are about the struggle to survive and the birds are just "stand ins" for the general condition of being"