We originally met TY at an art show. He stopped because we were the only folk artists working the show. He shared his love for folk art and that he was familiar with Howard Finster.
He was working in the printing business at the time. We invited him over to the house and shared some of our folk art collection with him.
He said he was always drawing from a very early age. His early drawings were of comic book and cartoon characters. After college, some early jobs were as an illustrator, art director, story board artist, glass jewelry maker and painter.
We asked him what he did with his talent now and he said nothing. So, we encouraged him to do a portrait. He started out with Bessie Smith and some old blues performers. From that beginning, we have watched him blossom.
TY loves doing folk art portraits from old photos which allow him to make up the colors and push it to its limits. He works with acrylic on wood panels with hand lettering and/or elements of collage and different textures. He enjoys researching his subjects and tries to capture their unique personality in his own way.
Ty’s folk art portraits are a great addition to our gallery and the collectors have enjoyed his creativity. We are very pleased with the artwork that Ty does and we are thrilled to be offering his wonderful portraits and art forms at Possum County.