|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Marita Gentry is an award-winning painter whose limitless imagination and love of color shine through in her work. A self-taught artist, Gentry displays her artwork in several galleries throughout Louisiana and participates in many juried shows. She owns her own art studio, Studio Marita, where she combines her artistic talents with her love of teaching. She serves as an artist in residence in many local schools and regularly gives presentations, demonstrations, workshops, and seminars to groups of all ages.
Gentry is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Artists Roster of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and the Louisiana Watercolor Society. As an illustrator, she revels in her role in setting the pace and the rhythm of an author's story. She experiments with various painting and drawing media on different surfaces but particularly enjoys working with watercolor and oils. Her other interests include sewing, clothing design, and interior decorating. She resides with her husband in Amite, Louisiana.
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH FRED LEBLANC (excerpt from Author's Notes)
"I was born deaf and with a set of under-developed lungs. I was three years old before the problems in my ears could be fixed. So in order to draw me out of my own little world, my parents would lay my head on stereo speakers while they played the music that they enjoyed: show tunes, classical music, and opera. The old family story goes that I could sing Italian opera before I could talk. Music has always been my first method of communication and is something that has always been inside of me.
It was natural, then, that I gravitated towards performing. As a performer I was always keenly aware of the effect that live music has on an audience. I love that it can be a celebration of life as well as a method of relief from burdens. I hope to share with my audience the release and joy that I feel when I play, and share the experience, that momentary euphoria when you find the best of yourself. Lofty goals, to be sure - but if you don't shoot for the moon you'll never hit the stars."