Earl HÃ©bert grew up immersed in
Cajun country in the little town of Ossun, Louisiana. He began painting in the
late â€™70s and early â€™80s, and readily admits he knew nothing of it but
thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience. â€œI particularly enjoy the beginning
of the painting,â€ Mr. HÃ©bert says, â€œwhen the canvas is blank, and you can tell
any story you want, but then you're married to that image for the next week or
two, while you're finishing the painting.â€
An early mentor suggested using
eight to ten standard earthy colors to begin. Mr. HÃ©bert quickly realized this
gave his work a muddy look. He then switched his palette to the rich primary
colors that have become a trademark of his work. Another signature of his
painting is the layering effect produced by the acrylic paints.
Earl's work is full of the colorful
world of the Cajuns. His paintings combine images of the past, present, and
future and weave a timeless story of a simpler era. They tell of a time when the
warmth of good friends and family, a sack of crawfish, and a few cold drinks
were all that was needed to make a great day perfect.
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of Cajun Culture invites the reader to sample a uniquely spirited
culture through its art, folklore, and recipes. Featuring the paintings of Earl
HÃ©bert and various Cajun recipes, Zydeco Shoes enchants the
uninitiated as readily as it gratifies the veteran.
Mr. HÃ©bert currently resides in New
Orleans, Louisiana. His studio has been located on Royal Street in the historic
French Quarter for more than fifteen years.