This painting was inspired by a trip down to Key West, another place with a vibrant masking tradition. There you can walk a few blocks down the street and wade out amongst the starfish. Pure paradise.
Acrylic on Canvas
10” x 12”
Shipping cost: $75.00
I was born and raised in New Orleans and began painting
at an early age. After graduating from the Colorado Institute
of Art with a degree in graphic design, I returned to New Orleans and spent a decade in the advertising business. I
then switched to murals and decorative painting while
continuing to produce posters, flyers and CD covers for the
music industry. My own paintings over the years have
covered many subjects from portraits to landscapes, but
lately it’s been about masks. New Orleans’s love of masking is
something we share with other unique cultures around the
world. But while places such as Mali, Haiti and Venice have
their own distinct styles, in New Orleans you get to see a
little bit of it all. Whatever genre of work comes next for me, there will
never be a shortage of inspiration here.
Mike Williamson is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown neighborhood.
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