Wilson Long was born in 1942 and grew up in a large family
in Plant City, Florida. His lively paintings recall some of
the simple joys of childhood – riding on bikes, flying
kites, walking in grandma's garden and picking flowers. Always
artistically inclined, as a house painter, he would arrive
at his jobs early to paint huge memory scenes on buildings
that he knew would be removed or painted over. He began his
memory paintings in the 1980's after he picked up his wife
Dot’s art brushes and started experimenting. His inventive
use of pattern and color creates a feeling of movement which
literally infuses each painting with life. He has produced
over 31 national magazine or book covers and is in numerous
museums and public collections including the House of Blues,
the Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, the Strombecker Corp.,
Chicago, and many private collections including those of Tommy
Lee Jones, Dan Akroyd and Helen Hunt. Among his growing list
of honors, Woodie was featured in the article, “Folk
Art Jubilee” in the Smithsonian, October, 2003 edition,
Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY.
was with great sorrow that we relay the news of Woodie's passing
on Monday, October 12, 2009 at the age of 67. Copy and
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