Larry Hughes (b. 1953),
Larry Hughes (b. 1953), "Kiva, Oak Tree House," 2017, watercolor on paper, 14 1/4 x 12 in.

“Larry Hughes: A Walk in the Parks”
Customs House Museum & Cultural Center Clarksville, Tennessee
customshousemuseum.org
through July 18, 2021

The Customs House is highlighting the impressive watercolors, drawings, and oil paintings created by Memphis artist Larry Hughes during residencies at six National Parks and Monuments. He recalls his experiences there as “magical,” and that sensibility pervades these luminous visions of the desert’s pinkish tones, the green and gold grasses flanking riverbeds, and more.

Having spent much of his life in Arizona and California, Hughes has always gravitated toward the grandeur of Western wilderness, particularly the Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas, and Northern New Mexico.

Thanks to his earlier career in exploration geophysics, he fully understands what he sees in nature — not only the appearance, but also its essence. After developing studies outdoors, he returns to the studio to make finished works. The Customs House exhibition will guide visitors through that entire process.


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