I WAS 39 OR 40 WHEN I STARTED. I really wasn’t doing nothing, wasn’t working because I had an accident and couldn’t do nothing else. So I started with wood. I came up with a new idea just trying to make something beautiful with a cypress knee, and everybody said that it was art. So I took a class at Phillips College. I started drawing, and the more I drew, the more I wanted to draw. And I’d draw lots of things, but I remembered my life growing up on the farm, so I started drawing the history of my life. That’s what people liked. I’m into history and, especially, my history of the farm.

I work with ballpoint pen, pastel oil. I’ve worked with charcoal pencil and graphite pencil. I come up with my own ideas about how to use them different from anybody else. I’ve been painting a long time (Editor’s note: He’s 76 now), but people go crazy about my flower garden as they do my art. The flower garden relieves you, lets your mind relax.

My history still inspires me, but when I’m drawing, everything crosses my mind. It’s hard to keep my mind on what I’m doing. But with every drawing, I push myself, push myself to the limit to be better than the last time. Always try to be better than the last one.

I just thank God for being here and keeping a halfway sane mind.

→ “When I’m drawing, everything crosses my mind. It’s hard to keep my mind on what I’m doing. But with every drawing, I push myself, push myself to the limit to be better than the last time. Always try to be better than the last one.”

 


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