I have no training, no awards, no solo shows, no residencies, no gallery representation. It is as if, like Athena, I sprang forth fully formed and fully armed. I do have an education in English from a small, quiet college in a small quiet town at the edge of the continent, at the edge of the country. I come from a Southern state where the Big River rolls. It is half underwater on a different edge of the continent. Visual art is my primary discipline, photography my primary practice. I learned how to shoot, develop and print in a small consumer print lab in a strip mall back when there was such a thing as developing and printing and small consumer print labs in strip malls. My primary photographic influences are Helmut Newton, William Eggleston, Richard Kern, Richard Avedon, Richard Misrach, Josef Koudelka, Edward Burtynski, Gregory Crewdson, David LaChappel. Other influences include, but are not limited to Caravaggio, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Egon Schiele, Frank Frazetta, Wong Kar Wai, Apocalypse Now, Sven Nyqvist, and the superstitions of the Norse, the Celts, the Greeks, the Romans, the Irish, the Catholics, Louisiana and the city of New Orleans.