Pass the collection plate!
Clyde needs help. He has lived his life making his critters and donating much of his work to charities that support children. I'm not sure how to explain Clyde Jones.
In my world he lived a life of poverty of his own choosing. He turned down Baryshnikov and gallery shows in NYC. His work went to Paris. He preferred his very, very modest home in Byno, NC. When I say modest I am being polite.
He told me of going to NYC for a show and "the people were really nice to me but I couldn't wait to get home." The tale is told that he attended the show wearing his "I'd rather drive a Chevy" ball cap. This is who I am! He was and is a celebrity in the folk art world but he chose to remain modest and humble. He knew the worth of his work but it wasn't for sale and neither was he. Man how many of us would not be tempted to cash in on the possible chances of fame.
He did wear rose coloured glasses when painting. Rose coloured glasses are supposed to have you see things in a positive light. I guess we should all be wearing them. I just wonder if he did see purple possums, lime green dogs and bright orange gators?
Here are a couple of his pieces from Folk Art Museum at The Small Street Cafe in Pittsboro, NC.
This picture of me and Clyde is on his front porch. The exterior is covered with love letters from people that enjoy the man and his Art. The three visits I had with Clyde remain highlights in my life. Each time I came away with a story and reason to search deep into my soul as an artist. Just doesn't seem the way I'd like it all to end.
If ya have a couple of bucks to help out a fellow artist Clyde would be a feel good moment. Here is a link to the Steve Meyers Gofund.me. https://gf.me/u/yj8b27 Clyde would also appreciate your love in a note. Love ya, Clyde.