The Story Behind the Art : Mama Millie Ford

This is Mama Millie Ford.

I originally created this painting as an entry into the King Biscuit Blues Festival poster contest. It didn't win. I still adore it.

The festival was named after “King Biscuit Time,” the longest running radio show ever that influenced greats like BB King. King Biscuit referenced the flour and cornmeal that pictured blues music legend Sonny Boy Williamson on it's packaging. Millie Ford, the painting's namesake, was the mother of Sonny Boy- the wife of a sharecropper in the Delta. 

Though history doesn't remember much about her, I can imagine that Millie Ford was a beautiful influence on her son's later musical success. This painting is meant to call to mind the simple pleasure of fresh food that is served with love while surrounded by laughter and good music.


The current "Story Behind the Work" series describes the people, places, and experiences that have influenced the pieces in my first art show - Local Color

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