Painting has been a lifelong passion for Wendell Wilson. It began when his grade school teachers would get him to decorate their bulletin boards, and the desire to deal with history and nostalgia has never left him.
“I’m kind of in the folk vein,” says Wendell. “I like to kind of deal with history and a little nostalgia. I have a rural background. I grew up in a small town. I’ve picked cotton, chopped cotton and all these kind of things in my life. So I’ve experienced a lot of these things. Now I’m trying to reflect. I’m kind of staying in my roots.”
He has two of his most striking works, “My Babies are Safe” and “Child, Our Homes Are Destroyed”, as part of an exhibit that is touring the nation. The exhibit shows the inspirational reaction of artists from Louisiana to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“Hopefully, I have created something that someone will enjoy,” says Wendell.