I am James Lewis Jr. The profile picture is of my Mom (Frances) and Dad (James) at their 50th Anniversary. I have a brother, Ray Lewis, and a sister, Deborah Boutwell. Mom painted for several years, selling her paintings only once to the public through an invitation only event. Most still remain in Dad's home, and several were given to immediate family members. After Mom's passing, we wanted to do something to honor her memory. After so many people requested one of her paintings, we decided to offer prints of her paintings for sale. The proceeds of these prints will go to a Scholarship Fund. We hope to be able to give away a Art Scholarship in Mom's honor each year to a deserving senior from a high school here in our county. (Hickman Co, TN) Your support for this project will help us carry on the memory of our Mother through art for generations to come.
A little about the artist: Frances Lewis (1938-2011) was an extremely talented artist in many different genres. Her skill with a needle and thread was probably her first expertise. Sewing since she was a young girl, Mom started sewing for the public in the early 1970s. Her creations won many awards and she was in high demand, sewing simple clothes for young girls to ball gowns for women. Painting had also been an early hobby, but it wasn't until the late 1970s that she truly began to develop her own personal technique and style. Taking lessons from acclaimed instructions, she soon outgrown the class room and even began teaching herself. She would often set up on site to paint some of her best works of art. She was inspired by the areas that our family traveled and most her the paintings that we are offering here are of actual places our family visited or are inspired by those travels. Mom also won awards with her art work. She was constantly challenging herself to learn more and try different techniques. She quilted intricate quilt patterns and designs, with none of her quilts going through a machine until her later years when her hands would not allow her to finish the quilting process by hand. Her quilts were always the ones to beat at exhibits and she often walked away with the 1st place and best of show awards. She conquered the skill of stain glass art, again winning 1st place in local exhibits.
Mom encouraged the love of art in all of us and we are honored to share her skill with you.