Monday, September 12, 2016
For artist Wayne Boudreaux, expression takes the form of acrylic on canvas as he creates human form pictures to delight the public. Any size canvas can find a place on his easel as he shares with the public the images of things seen over a lifetime.
He hasn’t always worked full time as an artist. Three years ago, he began applying the skills he learned in younger years at University of New Orleans in earnest. With his retirement came a desire to stay occupied, and he turned back to art to help him “stay busy,” as he puts it.
Boudreaux spent his youth in New Orleans, living in many neighborhoods over the years but he now calls Slidell home. The 68-year-old’s work focuses primarily on the female form, doing them in “a modern style, mildly geometric…and natural shapes.”
“I try to present the human form in a positive way, in a modern shape,” he says, as he shares his philosophy of art.
His work hangs in the St. Tammany Art Association gallery in Covington as well as Artists’ Galleries de Juneau in Slidell's Olde Towne, where he is the September 2016 Artist of the Month. Tent shows also play a role in his art business. He has entered several competitions including some in Slidell and has won at the prestigious Art in the Pass competition in Pass Christian, MS.
“This year, I was accepted in the Covington Three River Art Festival,” he declares.
Boudreaux creates his paintings on spec, declining to get involved in commission work which he perceives as being “too much like a job.” He wants to keep his unstructured approach, painting images which move him. This approach allows him to create paintings which generally sell around $350.00, although he has painted pictures which sold as high as $1200.00.
“I’m enjoying it. It’s doing what I want it to do,” he says about his art. “It gives me something challenging, something that I like doing…It’s been very interesting.”
Artists' Galleries de Juneau
2143 First Street