Being around creative people, I feel like one who thinks “inside the box.”
Architects can visualize a completed structure, composers can hear a completed compositon, and artists and sculptors can see their completed works long before their projects are actually finished.
And then there are those individuals who can see other uses in everyday objects—and even junk—and create articles and images by combining a variety of these “found objects” (see the two photos below). To me this skill requires even more of the artist because the artist must use the materials—with their fixed shapes, textures, and dimensions—presented to him/her.
One of those other artists happened to be in the gallery the day we visited. John Daigre, a retired pediatrician who goes by the name of "Dr. of Folk", had an early interest in collecting the works of primitive artists and then developed an interest in creating similar artworks, such as the scarecrow in the photo below.
“My medium, of course, is Louisiana,” Dusty Reed says. “My medium is Lafayette.”
Reed’s art is reminiscent of works by 19th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso with a dash of famed Louisiana artist George Rodrigue mixed in (Megan Wyatt, Theadvertiser.com). Shown below is Dusty's work called, I believe, "Family Portrait".
A unique gallery; a unique artist. The longer we talked and the longer we looked at the works, the more we enjoyed our visit.