Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden was an African-American cornetist who was regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of ragtime music, or "jass", which later came to be known as jazz.
I was born and raised in New Orleans with 35 years as a commercial graphic artist working for corporate companies throughout the New Orleans area. I received a Commercial Art degree from Delgado Community College. I've also studied at the University of Southeastern Louisiana and various artist workshops throughout Louisiana.
The subjects I choose to paint are usually subjects that remind me of my southern roots. The music, the people, the food, the cultures, etc. All that is New Orleans and its roots. I have what you might call an impressionistic style. I call it contemporary folk art with quick wide brush strokes and flashes of color, highlighted with gold leaf and raised texture. I am always trying to bring across my love for the southern area and it's people to my paintings.
Connie Kittok is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown neighborhood.NEW ORLEANS
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