A Tribute To Master Artist Charles Crossley 1938-2012

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Hello To My Art Friends and Art Lovers,

 

A tribute to a fellow artist and friend, which includes some images and a short video.

 

I learned today that a Master Artist, Arts Educator, Navy Veteran and a Mentor to many artists including myself, Charles R. Crossley of McComb Mississippi passed on December 27, 2012 at the Veterans Hospital In Jackson Mississippi. He was 74 years young.

 

Over the five years I had known him, he went from being an acquaintance to becoming friend and mentor. My wife and I spent several weekends last year at the house he had turned into two-story studio, talking about art and the artists he knew while working on his book. We even stayed a weekend in one of the bedrooms upstairs whose walls were painted by an Artist In Residence to appear as if you were in the ocean surrounded by beautiful sea life.

 

The first floor of the studio is filled with his artwork spanning 50 years, everything from early mixed media constructions, installation pieces, his collage paintings and new works in progress. The second floor was a home away from home with a music room and his collection of Jazz, which he drew inspiration from and a sun porch with a hammock. My wife and I spent a quiet weekend sitting on that porch sipping wine. Mr. Crossley as I always called him was passionate about creating art and about telling the story of his people. He had traveled the world while in the Navy learning about other cultures and their art, along the way he made may friends.  He left the Navy and studied at the Coronado School of Art in San Diego California and then taught art for 20 years before returning to Mississippi, where continued teaching from his studio while now having the time to do art full time. He inspired me just by the fact that even with his illness and at his age he still was still looking to create new work.

 

About a month before he passed he and his wife, Fern spent a Saturday with Daphne and I in Natchez. While the Ladies hung out, Mr. Crossley and I hung out in the Cave as my wife calls my studio/office and between lunch and desert we talked about his book and art. He told me he was thinking about renting a RV and spending a month or so on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and just painting. I would have loved to hang out with him during that time. I will miss him and the time we would have spent together this year. I had helped him with a grant application, which was funded and was looking forward to teaching him how to photograph his own artwork and print his own reproductions on his new 24" wide printer. He was not afraid to learn how to use new technology and he would share. I will treasure the tabletop press he gave me so I could get back into printmaking doing my Mono Prints and Mono Types. As an educator he helped a lot of old and young artists to realize their potential.

 

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Hello To My Art Friends and Art Lovers,

 

A tribute to a fellow artist and friend, which includes some images and a short video.

 

I learned today that a Master Artist, Arts Educator, Navy Veteran and a Mentor to many artists including myself, Charles R. Crossley of McComb Mississippi passed on December 27, 2012 at the Veterans Hospital In Jackson Mississippi. He was 74 years young.

 

Over the five years I had known him, he went from being an acquaintance to becoming friend and mentor. My wife and I spent several weekends last year at the house he had turned into two-story studio, talking about art and the artists he knew while working on his book. We even stayed a weekend in one of the bedrooms upstairs whose walls were painted by an Artist In Residence to appear as if you were in the ocean surrounded by beautiful sea life.

 

The first floor of the studio is filled with his artwork spanning 50 years, everything from early mixed media constructions, installation pieces, his collage paintings and new works in progress. The second floor was a home away from home with a music room and his collection of Jazz, which he drew inspiration from and a sun porch with a hammock. My wife and I spent a quiet weekend sitting on that porch sipping wine. Mr. Crossley as I always called him was passionate about creating art and about telling the story of his people. He had traveled the world while in the Navy learning about other cultures and their art, along the way he made may friends.  He left the Navy and studied at the Coronado School of Art in San Diego California and then taught art for 20 years before returning to Mississippi, where continued teaching from his studio while now having the time to do art full time. He inspired me just by the fact that even with his illness and at his age he still was still looking to create new work.

 

About a month before he passed he and his wife, Fern spent a Saturday with Daphne and I in Natchez. While the Ladies hung out, Mr. Crossley and I hung out in the Cave as my wife calls my studio/office and between lunch and desert we talked about his book and art. He told me he was thinking about renting a RV and spending a month or so on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and just painting. I would have loved to hang out with him during that time. I will miss him and the time we would have spent together this year. I had helped him with a grant application, which was funded and was looking forward to teaching him how to photograph his own artwork and print his own reproductions on his new 24" wide printer. He was not afraid to learn how to use new technology and he would share. I will treasure the tabletop press he gave me so I could get back into printmaking doing my Mono Prints and Mono Types. As an educator he helped a lot of old and young artists to realize their potential.

 

The world has lost a light that helped to brighten the darkness of mans soul.

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