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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The Crusades
The Crusades Price: $125.00
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Jessie LaVon- The Crusade; 11X14, acrylic on canvas

Camping Price: $125.00
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Jessie LaVon- Camping; 11X14, acrylic on canvas

Snake Tree Ceremony
Snake Tree Ceremony Price: $125.00
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Jessie Lavon- Snake Tree Ceremony; 11X14, acrylic on canvas

Box Car
Box Car Price: $125.00
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Jessie LaVon- Box Car; 11X14, acrylic on canvas

Playing Jazz
Playing Jazz Price: $125.00
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Jessie LaVon- Playing Jazz; 11X14, acrylic on canvas

Canning Price: $125.00
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Jessie Lavon- Canning; 11X14, acrylic on canvas

Picking Cotton
Picking Cotton Price: $125.00
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Jessie LaVon- Picking Cotton; 11X14, acrylic on canvas

Sunday Funnies
Sunday Funnies Price: $125.00
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Jessie LavonSunday Funnies; 11X14, acrylic on canvas

Market Day
Market Day Price: $125.00
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Jessie LaVon- Market Day; 11X14, acrylic on canvas

Catching Lightning Bugs
Catching Lightning Bugs Price: $125.00
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Jessie LaVon-Catching Lightning Bugs; 11X14, acrylic on canvas