Herb Willey is Artist of the Week
By Echo Staff
Sep 2, 2014, 01:07
Artist Herb Willey excels at both nature scenes, and people.
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Herb Willey’s first structured art lessons were in high school in Miami, Florida where he won numerous student art competitions.
While serving in the Navy, Herb attended the University of Hawaii as a part-time student and sold his paintings in the art colony at Ala Moana, primarily cassein and acrylic paintings of tropical subjects. After leaving the Navy he attended USL at Lafayette, Louisiana on scholarship as a fine art major with a minor in advertising art. While attending USL, Herb worked as staff artist at the Daily Iberian in New Iberia, Louisiana. Herb’s collage work was selected by the Louisiana State Art Commission in 1963 for a 1-year traveling exhibit in all the Louisiana State Art Museums.
His acrylic paintings of Louisiana swamp scenes were chosen by the LaSalette Hospital Board to decorate their hospital in Loreauville, Louisiana where they are still on display. Employed full-time in advertising from 1965-2003, Herb won advertising awards from companies including Mercury Outboard Motors and Cook Chemical Company. His primary watercolor art instruction was with the well known New Orleans watercolor artist, Harrel Gray and his work was on display with Harrel’s at the Old Quarter Gallery in New Orleans’ French Quarter for many years during the 90s. Herb is a full-time Bay St Louis resident.
Bay St. Louis City Hall currently has many of his works on exhibit.
In order to better promote the arts, the Sea Coast Echo and The Arts, Hancock County, have partnered to offer our readers the Artist of the Week. We invite you to vote for your favorite artist each week by liking them on the Echo’s Facebook page. The artist with the most “likes” from Saturday-to-Saturday will then be our Artist of the Month, with a full feature story and multiple photos of his/her work. The Artist of the Week is open to every artist who lives or works in Hancock County, regardless of affiliation with any arts organization.