Watercolor on Paper
12″ x 15.5″ (measured without frame)
Framed and ready to hang (apologies for the reflections): an evocative painting of shrimp boats tucked in a bayou, between excursions.
A famous New Orleans artist, Robert Rucker was (appropriately) the son of a steamboat captain, born in the Crescent City in 1932. He was something of a prodigy, being only 16 when he opened an art gallery in the French Quarter, back in its more bohemian days. Could there be a more New Orleanian artist?
His father’s profession is probably what led to so many of his paintings focusing on watery scenes along the river. But he also notably painted many scenes of his native French Quarter. He received a big blow at a relatively young age when he came down with polio, but was fortunate to have the state government support his tuition as the McCrady School of Fine Arts in the Quarter (on Bourbon Street, of course, he being the quintessential New Orleans artist!) McCardy died in 2001 after a long and illustrious career. His paintings are highly sought after.
Here is a cool article about Robert Rucker in a blog.
And here is the Wikipedia entry for Uncle Sam Plantation.