Those of us born and raised in the South, nourished on fried food, guns, religion, and NASCAR (which, probably, fits in the last category) are immersed in a sea of stories, images, and sounds, that for an artist, is a giant shopping mall of ideas. Lisa, my dear friend and scholar, who keeps me posted on all things down home Alabama, sent me a clipping of a former coaching staff member at UA who's pole dancing girlfriend's monkey had bitten a Trick or Treater. That's too good to let lie dormant so here is my latest painting, "The Vierge Ouvrante".
The Vierge Ouvrante
Pigment ink print on archival paper. Printed to order.
24" x 18"
Shipping cost: $26.00
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My adventure in art began on Jackson Square. The French Quarter in 1970 was a world of its own, and I wanted to be a part of it. A recent college graduate with a major in Zoology, a minor in English Literature, and no real interest in pursuing either, I had wandered to New Orleans and discovered that people were selling artwork around the fence in front of St. Louis Cathedral. I had always liked to draw and paint, so I purchased a permit, copied some postcards with pen and ink, and headed to the square. My life was changed!
Fifteen years passed. I made many life-long friends, had great teachers, and learned and lived and shared an invaluable experience with this unique culture. I returned to school at the University of Memphis, this time in an area more fitting to my natural inclination, and earned an MFA in Studio Art. I attained a professorship at the University of North Alabama, taught 27 years, retired, and returned to New Orleans in 2017 with my wife and two Pug dogs.
My concept of Art is the same now as it was in those early days in the French Quarter. It is all about living. I told my students that they were the works of Art. Listen, study, learn to see. Refine your artwork each day that you are blessed with life. My work is a history of every moment that I have lived until the point that I created it. Each piece, whether a city scene, a figurative work, or my take on life, brings with it all that I have learned of design, composition, content, and observing and interacting with the world around me.
I am a New Orleans artist and live and work in the East Carrollton neighborhood.NEW ORLEANS
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