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Neecee Blackwell

Neecee Blackwell

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    Patterns and textures in nature and gnarly, crooked trees lead me to the art I produce. For me, being outdoors and in nature is like coming home - peaceful, restorative and freeing. I am fascinated by the constant changes, from the new growth of Spring to natural decay, the earth reclaiming its own. Searching for anomalies in nature and investigating them through my work fulfills me. My artistic explorations include the use of layering, color, and texture to focus on these natural patterns. In mediums of acrylic, oil, charcoal and photography I render both realistic and abstracted pieces. Natural texture, trees and the human form are the authentic, unifying elements in my work and when I diverge from these they simply ease back in. As it nurtures me, I hope my work will have the same peaceful, freeing affect on the viewers.


    "Our task must be to free ourselves ...
    by widening our circle of compassion
    to embrace all living creatures and
    the whole of nature and its beauty.”
    Albert Einstein
  • Resume

    EDUCATION
    • “Intensive Entrepreneurial Training” at Shreveport Regional Arts Council offered by New Orleans Arts Council
    • Studied as non-traditional student at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston LA pursuing Bachelor of Studio Fine Arts
    • The study of art in Paris, France, through Louisiana Tech University’s “French Quarter Program”
    • The Craft of Drawing Classes at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina
    • Scenic Painting Class for film industry scenic background painting, Mansfield Studios, Shreveport, La
    • Photographic background painting classes (large format painting) at Texas A&M College, College Station, TX

    EXPERIENCE
    • Owner/Operator of Crooked Tree Graphics for 26 years, as a Professional Artist traveling the Convention, Festival and Art Show Circuit for the last twelve years selling artwork and Professional Henna Tattoos
    • Professional Set Painter/Scenic Artist for theater performances “Godspell”, “In the Heights”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and Beauty and the Beast” in Shreveport and Bossier
    • Painted mural on new Parkway High School, 3 story building, Bossier City
    • Designed and painted murals and signage in Vince’s Southport Restaurant, Shreveport
    • President and VP of West Edge Artist’s Co-op/Shreveport for three years. Organized, produced and promoted art shows and festivals, including Louisiana Boardwalk Fine Arts Market, The Citywide Gallery and started INC Days (Inspire ‘N’ Create) Artists Gatherings to make art and network. Produced “An Evening of Art” artists talk series for the public
    • Won juried art competition offered by SRAC and Lamar Billboards, two images were rendered on 50-foot billboards and displayed/rotated at major highway intersections for many months in Shreveport/Bossier

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE
    • Teaches watercolor painting classes on board Celebrity Cruise Lines Cruise Ships to Alaska and Caribbean Islands
    • Taught drawing classes for children and adults at Bossier Arts Council, Broadmoor and Grace United Methodist Churches, and at Barksdale Air Force Base.
    • Contract professional art teacher for SRAC’s Arts Residency Programs–wrote and taught seminars on Printmaking, Screenprinting, Photography and Quilt Design.
    • Contract Professional Artist and Teacher for SRAC’s “ArtBreak” Children’s Arts Festival in Shreveport for 24 years, teaching children’s art projects during Third Grade Days and Weekend festival.
    • SRAC contract art teacher for at-risk students in after school and summer “ArtSmart” program, teaching art and together with math and reading to adhere to state/parish school standards, benchmarks and guidelines.

    FESTIVALS, CONVENTIONS, JURIED ART SHOWS, SOLO and GROUP EXHIBITIONS
    “Intensive Entrepreneurial Training First Graduating Class Show” during the Grand Opening of the Central Arts Station in Shreveport (This was the very first show in the new arts council fire station location)
    “Artini Art Auction” Bossier Arts Council’s Fundraiser, Bossier City
    “Abundance of Art” Norsworthy Gallery in Shreveport
    “Critical Mass” Show at ArtSpace in Shreveport
    “Bonafide Art Show” SRAC’s Juried Roster Artists Show, Artspace
    “Stay Alive” Norseworthy Gallery in Shreveport
    “Norseworthy Gallery Show” Shreveport
    “Random Acts of Artwork Solo Show” BAC Gallery, Bossier City
    “Art 427 Show” Louisiana Tech University, Ruston
    “Art from The GUT Show” Enterprise Arts Center, Ruston
    “Artini Art Auction” Diamond Jacks Casino, Bossier City
    “Look But Don’t Touch” East Bank Gallery, Bossier City
    “Behind the Mask Show” East Bank Gallery
    “Louisiana Peach Festival Fine Art Show” Ruston Civic Center, Ruston
    ”Ruston Makers Fair,” Ruston
    “Shreveport Makers Fair", Shreveport
    “Zwolle Tamale Festival Arts & Crafts Show”, Zwolle, La
    “Louisiana Boardwalk’s Fine Arts Market” Bossier City (six events)
    “Fleur de Artist Art Show” in Karpeles Museum and Gallery, Shreveport – (Awarded Third Place) for Entry)
    “The Money Show” ArtSpace, Shreveport
    “Elvis Has Not Left the Building Art Show,” (Did first LIVE/televised Body Painting Performance in Shreveport area) Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport
    “Perspectives Art Show” Heritage Manor, Shreveport
    “Antigony Art Show” Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Shreveport
    “City Wide Gallery” art rotated in Stone’s Throw Café, Waves of Color Solon, Fairfield Studios, Crescent City Café, and Columbia Café, all in Shreveport
    “WEACO Artists’ Gallery Show” West Edge Artist Co-op Gallery, Shreveport
    “Fleur De Lis Art Show” – Natchitoches, LA (Awarded 2nd Place for Entry)
    ‘Melrose Plantation Arts & Crafts Show," Natchitoches
    “Little Rock Arts and Crafts Show." Little Rock, AR.
    “Geek’d Con’, Shreveport
    “ShreveCon” (aka Geek Fair) Shreveport
    “Louisiana Comic Con”, Shreveport
    “JXNCON Mississippi Comic Con” Jackson, MS
    “Arkansas Comic Con,” Little Rock, AR
    “Arkansas Anime Con,” Springdale, AR
    “TexanCon,” Red Rock, TX
    “ComicConway,” Conway, AR
    “SpaCon,” Little Rock, AR
    “Bell County Comic Con," Belton TX
    “Little Rock Comic Con,” Little Rock AR
    “Art Pop Comic Expo,” Springdale, AR
    “The Fresno Arts and Crafts Show,” Fresno, CA




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    These are images of some of my latest work. 1 Wild Abandon - charcoal on paper. 2 Ode to Locks - acrylic and vinyl on wood. 3 Corvette - acrylic on...
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    These are images of some of my latest work. 1 Wild Abandon - charcoal on paper. 2 Ode to Locks - acrylic and vinyl on wood. 3 Corvette - acrylic on...