When I gor kicked out of Texas, i wanted something to remember, so brought a pair ostrich boots, and a piece of walnut wood from a sawmill. I soon got a job at Mississippi Valley State University, in Itta Bena, MS. I had the blues real bad. I heard the blues day and night, so I designed a work for the men and women of the blues in the state of Mississippi. Walnut has always been my favorite wood to work in, and this piece took me to a place I wanted to go.
38” x 10” x 2”
Walnut (2000) $3500
Morality and Law
Sometimes we have to decide what is morally right and what is legal. The people in this work says keep your eyes on God, do what is morally right. A lady in Chattanooga, TN brought this work for her son who was a lawyer.
Mahogany Private Collection
When I think of African American people, I often wonder who are we. The slaves came from Africa to America. Through this passage, many people took advantage of and laid with the women. Some were English, Spanish, French, German, and others, all taking full advantage of enslaved people. African Americans are a rich gumbo, made of many different ingredients. Strong values of religion, purpose, patriotism, struggle, and a moral sense of right and wrong makes us good. We are Gumbo People.
80" x 16 ”x 3”
As I sit in church one Sunday, the piano player was banging, and singing, with all that he had. The choir was right there with him. I had to capture the feeling. So I drew him and his piano and stick it onto the wall in the studio. I later selected the wood, from a tabletop in cherry. As I carved I could still hear and see him playing that piano. The work was sold in Chicago, to an amazing person who had the piece properly hung in one of his homes.
Cherry Private Collection
My wife's former supervisor had a cedar tree cut down in her yard. She called and told me to come get the wood. I did not go for a year or more. She called me again and said, If I did not get the wood, she would burn it up. I rushed over, got the wood, and carved this work from it. When finished I told her, now look at what you were going to put in the fire. The fire next time.
24” x 12” x 7”
Cedar Private Collection