Jessie LaVon

Hale County

Folk Art Painting

Jessie LaVon's folk art paintings reflect the disappearing scenes of the South of her childhood, where she was raised on her grandmother's farm. In her art, she captures her family's way of life from the early 1900s through the 1970s. It is a way of life that Ms. Lavon has lived and experienced and continues to depict through her colorfully painted tales. Jessie's first canvases as a child were made when her grandmother boiled rabbit bones in water and dipped pieces of cloth in the mixture. Her paints were made from mud, berries, coffee grounds, flowers, roots, and herbs. The clothing patterns that Jessie uses in her art come from the original feedsack patterns that her grandmother used to make her ten children's clothing.

She didn’t start painting as an adult until after she spent a month in a coma. When she awoke from her life-altering “nap”, she could only remember the experiences of her life when she was eleven years old until her early teens. She began painting, as therapy, recalling the stories and memories of her childhood - such as the process of canning or making moonshine, or when "Pa traded the cow", or when kin and neighbors killed a snake, hung it in the hollow of a great, old tree, built a slow-burning fire in the hollow, and gathered around to chant in the hopes that would bring rain for the crops.

Her paintings have been displayed in galleries in the U.S., Canada, and England, including the Fayette Art Museum, Meridian Mississippi Museum, and the Library of Congress Reading Room.

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"Ratcoon" ratcoon, folk art, art for the wall, jessie lavon, rat, racoon
"Ratcoon" Price: $75.00
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Jessie LaVon's painting "Ratcoon" is 8 x 10 x 1/2 inches.

Rooster With Buttons
Rooster With Buttons Price: $150.00
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"Eating Cracklings" folk art, painting, acrylic, wall art
"Eating Cracklings" Price: $115.00
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11in x 14in acrylic painting by folk artist Jessie LaVon.

"The Long Afternoon" 12x16 folk art, painting, acrylic, wall art
"The Long Afternoon" 12x16 Price: $200.00
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Acrylic painting by folk artist Jessie Lavon.

Teddy Bear teddy bear, hand sewn, sewn, stuffed animal
Teddy Bear Price: $42.95
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Hand sewn teddy bear by folk artist Jessie LaVon.

"The Long Afternoon" 16x20 folk art, painting, acrylic, wall art
"The Long Afternoon" 16x20 Price: $285.00
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The Green Wagon folk art, painting
The Green Wagon Price: $120.00
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8in x 10in painting by folk artist Jessie LaVon.

Rooster folk art, painting, acrylic, wall art
Rooster Price: $180.00
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12in x 16in painting of a rooster with a frame made of buttons by folk artist Jessie LaVon.

Mamas Garden folk art, painting, acrylic, wall art
Mama's Garden Price: $180.00
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11in x 12in painting by folk artist Jessie LaVon.

Cotton folk art, painting, acrylic, wall art
Cotton Price: $120.00
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8in x 10in painting by folk artist Jessie LaVon.

A Sharecroppers Daughter by Jessie LaVon
A Sharecropper's Daughter by Jessie LaVon Price: $21.95
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"Come and travel the road back to where the late afternoon drifts into long shadows of purple, blue and raw sienna. Where long afternoon drifts into long shadow, and the cotton fields gently kiss the breeze. Back to where memories were made to last a lifetime and can now be captured on my canvases" by Jessie LaVon about her book "A Sharecropper's Daughter" Jessie was born a sharecropper's daughter to Geneva Yelverton in 1955 and grew up much the way her family had for generations.Published by...