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JACKIE UNDERWOOD

I call myself a self taught artist. I was born in Shelbyville TN. Dec 1959. I am the youngest of 6 kids. We moved a lot when I was a kid and I spent a lot of time drawing or doodling on any kind of paper I could get. I remember when I was about 9 years old we lived in the housing projects and there were house painters there one summer working. One of the older gentleman gave me a piece of putty and told me to press it flat on the funny papers and it would copy the image. That's when I really noticed color and the way the image jumped out at me on the white back ground of the putty and it looked very different to me than on that old news paper. I was told by my art teachers that I had a talent and could draw very well, but I didn't do well on the tests. I told my teacher one day I don't care who painted what or when, I just want to paint myself. Of course it did matter, and it became more interesting to me to learn who Picasso was, and all the others great artist after I got older. I some how gave up art and believe it or not became a house painter myself. I got married and did not have any time for art very much at that time. At the age of about 34 I became sick and was told I would not able to paint housed anymore. I started to paint and draw again, and was able to sell my art local at a few places around Nashville. I like to paint things that make people smile or forget about the more serious side of life. I like to paint musicians and I love blues music and the old country music. Now I sell most of my art on ebay and to a few others that I know. My art has been a joy and a great blessing from God to me. I have sold my art as far away as Japan. I have sold my art to Country music stars, and restaurants in and around Nashville Tennessee.

Fairview, Tennessee

Robert Johnson
Acrylic on a piece of old sheet music paper

Lightnin Hopkins
Acrylic on a piece of old sheet music paper

Lightnin Hopkins
Acrylic on masonite

Mississipi John Hurt
Acrylic on masonite

Muddy Waters
Acrylic on masonite