Hardface Clanton, 2011
Encaustic on Masonite
24″ x 24″
I first saw these lush paintings at a show at Loyola University in New Orleans, and was greatly struck by them. I tracked down the artist, then heading up the art department at Millsaps College, and asked if I could have some of her work after the exhibition to show in my gallery. Fortunately she said yes, and I have been proud to show her ever since.
Sandra Murchison Mississippi Blues Trail Paintings
This is from her series documenting the Mississippi Blues Trail, a meandering path that runs through towns and past venues significant in the development of the Delta blues. This painting, as others in the series, combines rubbings from the Blues Trail marker with scenery and vegetation characteristic of the area.
Sandra Murchison employed encaustic (hot wax) for some of these paintings and acrylic for others. They show a complex mix of materials, including collage, pencil drawing, painting, photo transfer and more. You can spend a long time looking at these paintings, and find all sorts of interesting references to the blues artist or venue featured in the particular painting.
Here is a link to an article about Hardface Clanton and the Blues Trail.