the year was 1996. 2nd year in grad school in baton rouge. living with jerome in a beatdown house across the street from a mcdonalds. i had 2 studios on campus, but i was starting to go to them less and less. choosing instead to work at the house. we had a big sheet of masonite screwed into the living room wall that served as a drawing board. it was here that i started to get the most out of a box of crayons. i created a series of drawings that culminated in the piece below. working with hand drawn patterns and images from suburbia. these works were the most rigid pattern based pieces i have made, but patterns still are a large part of the work i make... when i actually sit down to make it.