“I am a child of the Atchafalaya Basin. Having been raised as a fur trapper’s son, in the United States largest swamp wilderness, I could always see the beauty in our coastal waters. The ever-changing lights, sounds, and smells still resonate in my memory as if they were yesterday.
After a 40-year absence, I returned to the marshes of my childhood, and what I witnessed east of the basin was the degradation of our coastal wetlands. I speak from my canvas. I had never offered my painting to the world; now it was a must. The love I have for the river and the Atchafalaya Basin is profound. Our marshes must be returned to their glory.”