Lou Davenport

I’ve been an artist for almost 50 years. Having grown up in Bastrop, LA, I sold my first painting when I was a junior in high school. I later majored in art at ULM, but, got married and transferred to Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. I changed my major to Education and ended up having a minor in History. I first worked in oils, then, watercolor and now acrylic. I also do drawings in prismacolor and ebony and graphite. Later, my family and I moved to Vicksburg where I had work at The Attic Gallery and was a member of the Vicksburg Art Association. I also was one of the founders of “Fairy Tale Theatre” at the Vicksburg Theatre Guild, to let students from grades 1 – 18 learn all that goes into a theatre production. I was in charge of set design, costuming, props and sound. During the rest of the year, I painted the sets for many local productions, including “South Pacific,” “Tintypes” and many others. After my husband died, I moved back to Monroe in 1998, to take a job as Curator of Education at The Masur Museum of Art, later serving as interim director. Leaving there after 9 years, I was part of a gallery, “Over the Moon,” with my son, Adam and daughter, Carolyn on Art Alley in downtown Monroe. After that, I was one of the teachers at “Painting with a Twist,” before I was hired to teach art at River Oaks Academy. After 6 years there, I retired. But, through all the years, I have continued to paint and sell my work. I don’t really have “an artist’s statement,” as such, I just like to paint what I like or find interesting. Right now, I’d have to say my emphasis is on Louisiana birds, swamp landscapes and surprisingly, neon signs.