Chestee Harrington

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Fireflies Dance

Wood Polychromatic Bas-relief

Chestee Harrington's most formative years were spent in a diverse neighborhood along a dirt road between the Old Spanish Trail and the Bayou Teche. She began drawing at a very early age, soon teaching herself to paint the images that inspired her in oils. During the holiday season of 1967 she began working with what would become her signature medium, wood polychromatic bas relief, in which she sketches on wood, using chisels and oils to create depth and texture. Chestee describes her approach as "spiritual expressionism", drawing inspiration from the spirit of Louisiana's people. See more at

This image can also be seen in the Winter 2022 edition of the 64Parishes magazine, published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.



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