(1904-1995) Hazlehurst, MS

Around 1980 Mary Tillman Smith began cutting up and painting on sheets of roofing tin which her son had intended to use for a shed. Portraits of neighbors, Jesus, assorted animals and plant forms appear in her work, sometimes accompanied by text. Paintings and assemblages formed a large outdoor environment on her property, located on busy Hwy. 51 in Hazlehurst. She began using plywood panels as demand for her work increased; at the same time, health issues made working with the tin more difficult. She stopped painting in 1991.

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