Chris was planning on attending Folk Fest in Atlanta this year. We always looked forward to meeting up with him in Atlanta. He had such a calm and pleasant spirit. Just gentle and easy going soul.
Chris was born in Birmingham in 1958. Studied at Livingston University and served 7 years in the Army. He worked in masonry for a few years before he began his battle with diabetes.
There are many publications and videos that document Chris' artwork. "Revelations: Alabama's Visionary Folk Art" and "Rare Visions and Roadside Treasures" just to name a couple.
Chris was taught how to quilt by his grandmother...eventually he began painting quilts. Chris' art was easy to recognize by his vivid colors.By 1991 his quilts were selling for hundreds of dollars. Chris was a Chrisitan and his early works were all Spiritual and Scriptural themed.
He was part of a Black Southern Artist exhibit at the Smithsonian along with Missionary Mary Proctor, Charlie Lucas, Mose Tolliver, Jimmy Lee Suddeth and Sam the Dot Man.
Two years ago, Chris called me over to share his excitement of having done all of the artwork for the latest CD release of THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA. He signed a copy for me and I treasure it.
Save me a spot in heaven, my dear friend!
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