About the Artist

Head shot of LGLemons Texas Artist

Larry Gene "L G" Lemons was born just north of Nashville, Tennessee, in Portland, and moved to his family's home in Ringgold, Texas when he was 2 weeks old. Like the bumper sticker says, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could." While his mom, Alta Caroline, was expecting, she and his dad, Billy Gene, attended the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium on numerous occasions which might explain Larry's love for downhome country ways. This love for the country and the simpler things in life is most evident in most of Larry's art.

Later moving to nearby Nocona to grow up, fall in love and marry, Larry spent the first 27 years of his adult life raising a family and building a career as a successful portrait and wedding photographer. He achieved both state and national recognition as an award winning Master Craftsman Certified Professional Photographer. His photographic and artistic expertise garnered him numerous awards in juried Texas and Southwestern Professional Photographer exhibitions including "Judges Choice" and the highest honors of trophies for "Best Portrait in the Southwest" and "Best Portrait of a Child." You could say he was an "artist with a camera."

He has served as president and director of the Nocona Chamber of Commerce, president and board member of the Dallas Professional Photographers Association, board member of the Texas Professional Photographers Association, and board member of the Tales' 'n' Trails Historical Museum project. He is a former member, past president, and Paul Harris Fellow of the Nocona Rotary Club.

Because of his love for art and things of Texas and the Great Southwest, in the year 2000 Lemons, along with his wife Donna, sold their successful photography business to pursue fine art on a full time basis. It was a daunting and challenging career move. However, this drastic career change has produced rewards and opportunities for creativity, learning, travel, and opportunity to make many new friends, including artists and art lovers, throughout the country while building an entirely new reputation and identity as an "artist with a brush."

Larry has studied with some of the country's outstanding artists including Don Ward and Ray Vinella of Taos, New Mexico, Richard McDaniel of Santa Rosa, California, and Cowboy Artists of America members Bruce Greene and Martin Grelle of Clifton, Texas. Other outstanding artists who have been an influence and inspiration on his art career include Donna Howell-Sickles of Saint Jo, Texas, John Nieto, George Boutwell, Mikki Senkarik, and the late artists Jack White, George Rodrigue', Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.

In addition to doing his own personal artworks for sale to private and corporate collectors, he has the privilege of sharing his love of art through teaching both publicly and privately. He has taught art at Nocona Middle School, Montague ISD, Miss Windi's Little Country School, and is now retired after 17 consecutive years of teaching art at Saint Jo Elementary. Early in his art teaching career, he was accepted by the Texas Commission on the Arts to the qualified roster of "Artists in Education."

Larry has been married to the love of his life, Donna Rose, for 44 years. They are members of the First Baptist Church in Nocona. They have three grown children, Aaron Matthew, married to wife, Christy, father to Lilly, and manager at Grumps, in Cleburne, Neil Andrew, internet marketing professional in Dallas and co-founder of www.ILiveInDallas.com, and Olivia Rose, mother of twin sons, Michael and Elias, and little brother Alex, and married to Steven Espinosa, IT professional at Zodiac Seats in Gainesville, Texas.

When painting or showing his work, you'll often recognize Larry by his trademark wide brimmed cowboy hat with the Texas flag inspired hatband. This was an idea inspired by famous western artist, the late A. Kelly Pruitt of Presidio while on a visit to Angel Fire, New Mexico.

L G Lemons artworks are owned by folks from all over Texas and from as far away as North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Washington, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Washington D. C., Belgium, Hong Kong, Germany, and Australia, and include former President George W. Bush, former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Senator John Cornyn. His work has been shared with many members of the military stationed all over the world through original paintings, prints, posters, note cards, and calendars.

L G Lemons artworks have been licensed for use by Texas Highways Magazine. Lemons' art has been selected for use at the 2006 Art Affair on Kemp Square in Wichita Falls with his image "Yellow Rose" being reproduced on billboards, T shirts, and other publicity materials used to promote this prestigious event. He was selected as "Artist of the Year" for the Graham Art Splash on the Square and commissioned to paint the official poster image for that event. Lemons also exhibits and sells his work at selected fine art shows and festivals around the state, including the Salado Art Fair, Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie, Art Splash in Graham, Art Affair on the Square in Wichita Falls, Art in the Heart of Breckenridge, Arts Alive Home and Garden Show in Wichita Falls, Sherman Art Festival, Mineral Wells Crazy Water Festival and others.

In 2007, Lemons had a solo exhibition of his Texas art at the internationally acclaimed Booth Western Art Museum Borderlands Gallery in Cartersville, Georgia, and was honored with an artist reception with abstract western artist, Carrie Fell.

The year 2008 brought with it the honor of being selected to paint two life-size fiberglass horses for the Wichita Falls Mane Event charity art project. In 2009, Lemons was the featured artist for the Arts Alive! Home and Garden Show in Wichita Falls with his original painting "Whadd'ya Thank About That, Myrtle?" as the premier artpiece for the show.

He is a charter member and first president of the Texas Trails (co-op) Art Gallery in Nocona and a charter member and first president of the Chisholm Trail Art Association www.chisholmtrailartists.com whose purpose is to promote the visual arts in Montague County and the surrounding area.

Larry G. Lemons was a 2009 Texas State Artist nominee in the 2D category.

Larry has even written three books entitled The Texas Weedeater Massacre, A Benchwarmer Remembers, and Adventures in Art. This is a creative side of the artist that most people did not know existed, but when you really study his art, it only seems natural that his sense of humor would exhibit itself in other forms of expression, as well. The books are available on-line at www.Lulu.com/lglemonsartist in paperback or downloadable version.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I believe that my desire and ability to create art is a gift from God. Though I have some pretty deep thoughts every now and then, I'm really just a "picture guy," at heart. I have made art all of my adult life, first through photography and now through painting and teaching art. Making a living at it has not come without hard work and effort, but I believe hard work and effort are blessed in the end. As I see it, art can be used to build up or tear down, to communicate or to alienate, to heal or to hurt. I have always tried to take the high road with my art by taking common subjects and wrapping them in a colorful and often whimsical package that I call "A Texas State of Mind" not only to celebrate Texas, but to focus on the good and positive aspects of life. My art is about more than just decorating the space above your sofa (even though it can do that, as well). Underneath all those colorful and whimsical images that I paint and draw is a message of freedom, courage, endurance, faith, loyalty, bravery, belonging, humor, tradition and the "true grit" that has allowed our country to survive and prosper against all odds. If my art can stir up some pride, joy, laughter, and encouragement in a world fraught with pain and difficulty, then it speaks for me when my words fall short.

-Larry G. Lemons

ONE OF LARRY'S FAVORITE QUOTES

"I had rather be in my present situation than to be elected to a seat in congress for life."

-Col. David Crockett Jan. 1836