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A lifetime of art


Louviere: Putting Louisiana wildlife, culture to canvas

BY JOHN GUIDROZ 
AMERICAN PRESS 


    Thirty-five years ago, Elton Louviere sold his outdoor advertising business and focused solely on being an artist, despite warnings from his parents that the decision was a huge risk. 
    “(My dad) said, ‘You’ll starve being an artist,’ ” he said. “Everybody will tell you, you can’t make a living with art.” 
    That statement does not apply to Louviere, whose body of work includes hundreds of paintings that have sold to collectors around the country. He, along with wife Pat, opened Louviere’s Fine Art Gallery in Moss Bluff in 2001 and published three books of his artwork, which showcases Louisiana landscapes, wildlife and culture. The two also maintained enough financial stability to provide for their six children. Labeled as a “contemporary artist” on his website, Louviere uses acrylic paint because he said it dries quicker than oil-based paint, but still allows him to be intricate. His attention to detail and use of colors are two reasons why Barry Blank, a Phoenix-based stockbroker, has purchased 12 of his paintings over the last several years. Nine of them are in his Phoenix home, and the other three are at his home in San Diego. 
    “I’d love to have another painting, but I have no place to hang it,” Blank said. “Everybody comments on them, and everybody loves them.” 
   

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