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Welmon Sharlhorne

Welmon Sharlhorne was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1952. He spent his childhood in the fields and bayous of Houma, Louisiana, one hour south of New Orleans. After twenty-two years of incarceration for nonviolent crimes, Welmon became recognized as one of the South’s leading self-taught artists. Since being released from Angola prison, he lives between New Orleans and Houma, making his distinctive pen and ink drawings that continue to be sought by collectors and museums here and abroad.

Eight Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Freedom
  2. Good shoes
  3. Lady friend
  4. House
  5. Pens and paper
  6. A place to draw
  7. Talking with friends
  8. Food

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