Fortunately, I live just outside the City of New Orleans, which has an unlimited array of scenes to paint.
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I painted Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (bar) for a very good friend, Joan Durocher. Her ancestors were the original owners of the shop. In the painting I placed Joan by a plaque that gives the history of her family and the building. We were standing outside of the bar when a group of tourists came by in a horse and carriage. I hollered out to them that she was a descendant of the original owners and they stood up in the carriage and began snapping pictures of Joan. We laughed about that many times. She is gone now; but she was an inspiration to me then and now.
I painted Muriel’s Restaurant because I have celebrated many birthdays, anniversaries, etc. there with family and friends; and the food is excellent.
The Wedding Second Line was a happy accident. A wedding party sashaying through the streets is part of the ambience of the French Quarter.
Muriel’s Restaurant and Second Line hung outside Governor Bobby Jindal’s office in the Governor’s Mansion for two years (2012-2014). The governor’s wife wanted Louisiana artists’ paintings to reside in the mansion and a panel of judges picked these two paintings.