James W. Bailey

Member Since September 18, 2003

"Wind Painting" is a visual arts language of expression that physically collaborates with nature to reveal the naturalistic artistic creativity inherent in random acts of design caused by seasonal weather patterns. For example: the way a mass snowfall changes the design, appearance and function of a street.

In my home state of Mississippi there is a rural African-American practice know as bottle trees. African slaves brought with them their traditional beliefs in good and evil spirits. In the south their religious practices developed into the tradition of placing colorful bottles at the ends of branches of crepe myrtles. They believed that blue and green glass would lure evil spirits away from their homes and trap them inside the bottles. When I was a child growing up in Mississippi, my grandfather and I would visit a elderly black farmer who lived down the road from my grandfather