Clementine Hunter, an African AMerican woman born 1886,
was a folk artist who use to spend time in the cotton fields.
Oh, what a blessing. She spent her time in the cotton fields.
Later on in life, she worked in the house, which gave her a chance to
try out her sewing skills. She would save up small, left over scraps
of material and turned that into fabulous quilts. The plantation owner
encouraged her to make quilts and baskets in her spare time.
She tried to try and mark a painting just like the artist. She
showed someone name Francois the picture she had painted during
the night. This was the first picture she showed to anyone besides
her family. Francois encouraged her to paint more. She then
began to paint on different items such as :paper bags, use bottles,
cardboard boxes, and iron pots. Francois made sure Clementine
always had a nice supply of oil paints because she could not pay
for them herself.
Pretty soon, she was able to sell her works and turn around
and get her own paints and a suitable canvas. In 1955, the Delgado
Museum in New Orleans gave an exhibition of her work.Francois
suggested that Clementine paint wood panels for the house.
She painted nine murals, showing different scenarios on the plantations.
Her work became popular with big city art galleries and shown
at museums too. She sold alot of her paintings, most to friends
for small amounts of money. Eventually, she was able to get her
own trailer. The moral of the story is to work for what you want.
Someone around you can inspire you on what field or career
to go into. Well, she is just one of the many talents that
exists in Black History. Hunter lived to be a 101 years of age.
credited to: Great African AMericans in the Arts by Carlotta Hacker.