Lee Jackson is a folk artist from Walthall County and has a show at the Gulf South Gallery, in McComb, right now. Her following likes the way her paintings tell stories.
"Yes. All of my pictures are going to tell a story," said Jackson. "Most of them you'll be able to read them. Sometimes you have to be really deep because I go real deep. Uh hu."
That's Lee Jackson's assessment of her work. It is primitive folk art. And she picked up painting as therapy while recovering from an illness. And to a degree her art is still therapy for her.
"I paint at night," said Jackson." "I tried painting during the day but I can't do it during the day. I have insomnia. So that helps. My mind. It helps the night go by. Uh hu."
Lynn Wells is the owner of the Gulf South Gallery and has a showing for Lee once a year. Lynn is intrigued by Lee Jackson's technique.
"And then she is inspired and then she just puts one dot in there and then another dot and first thing you know it's a tree or a person or, you know," said Wells.
Justin Woulard is pastor of Central Baptist in McComb. He likes the stories in her paintings and says once you meet Lee, you get the whole picture.
"As I was looking at the painting and talking with her afterward seeing her in that painting, there was a certain sense of simplicity along with her and the work," said Woulard. "But there was a profound thought in it, too. It was simple but thought provoking."
Mattie Rials has been the story lady at the McComb library for many years, and as a storyteller with words, she recognizes the stories Lee tells in her paintings.
"Very colorful and tells lots of stories," said Rials. "And just delightful. As soon as you put her and her picture together you know the two of them are together."
"The lord has been good to me. Uh hu," said Jackson.
Simple but profound. Stories without words. And like a good book, you see something new in her work all the time that you may have never noticed before; Another sentence in the story in the paint.
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Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
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We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
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MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
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