All photos and images on this site © Will/iam Crooke
© 2014 Will/iam Crooke
© 4/23/14 Will Crooke
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Brief Bio & Creole History
We were family, not individuals, in a world weirdly more Medieval than modern. The Church was the warp and weft of life. The other thread was pathless Water.
Born to the water, we swam before walking, in the bayou, bay and Gulf off our family's hand-crafted mahogany boats, in a wash of dialects, with touches of Metairie ('boid' for bird) and Crowley's Ridge.
Roots trace back to pre-US Spanish Pensacola (Gallegos Villars), New Orleans, and Tennessee, both Native Americans and those fleeing from the Hatfield-McCoy feud to Arkansas. "Confirmationsscheine" attest that paternal German ancestors were baptized in Metaire in 1868 before intermarrying with the French, and learning how to cook.
Ancestors were foresters, travelers, itinerant preachers, and impecunious storytellers ... And so, much of that family history is lost in tales and mysteries . . .
"Finding Art where we find ourselves"™
Past Trustee and Board Member of art historian François Bucher's Nautilus Foundation
Pensacola Museum of Art upcoming
First City Art Center
PNS Museum of Art Showing Now
UWF Art Gallery
PSC Anna Lamar Switzer Gallery