A native of Jackson, Tennessee, I have called Oxford, Mississippi, home since 2003 after falling in love with the rich history and culture of the town. I have felt a creative force driving me for as long as I remember, being a self taught musician and artist, but it was in my move to Oxford that I let it consume me and rediscovered myself and my artistic style in the process. The outcome is a combination of multiple styles and techniques culminating in an easily recognizable and uniquely J-MAN style of artistic expression.
Though my influences are too numerous to list, my primary subject matter is drawn from my deep spirituality, my love of music, and a strong passion to explore all the beauty Mississippi has to offer. My faith and unyielding belief in stewardship of the Earth is the very reason I paint with reclaimed house paint on castoff plywood saved from construction-site dumpsters. If I can take what would otherwise become garbage in a landfill, and use it to put a little laughter in the air or a smile on someone’s face, that’s what makes me do this, and my colorful paintings most always do just that.
I live happily in Lafayette county, Mississippi, with my wife and daughter on a peaceful little farm in the middle of nowhere. In my spare time I am the Director of the Oxford Maker’s Market and I manage the Basement Gallery on the historic Oxford, Mississippi courthouse square. My artwork is in public and private collections across the United States and can be found online on Facebook and Twitter.