I met Rodrigue and his wife, Wendy, at his studio in New Orleans several years ago. Several of my sisters and I were enjoying a stroll downtown and happened upon a signing for one of his books. We dropped in so that I could purchase the book and have it signed. I say "we" but really they just sat on the curb, too embarrassed to join me. How could I resist? Books are in my blood and that was the chance of a lifetime. I can't afford his work, but I can appreciate his art. To that end I check in on occasion: read Wendy's blog, visit his website, and view his paintings.
12/20/2013 UPDATE: George Rodrigue died last weekend after a long bout with cancer. Like many other Louisianan’s I regret his passing and will miss his contributions to the art world and society. I don’t pretend to have known him--only to have been touched and influenced by his art and his life.