Louise Guidry Biography
"Each piece is an ongoing visual diary of thoughts, memories, and sketches, not only of the great natural beauty of my immediate environment, but also that of other places I have visited."
A St. Martinville native, the award-winning artist Louise Guidry has been painting and drawing since early childhood. Now, at eighty-two, Louise is still producing incredible work and showing it regularly in various art spaces. Guidry’s canvases are careful studies of formal qualities of painting. She says her work focuses “primarily on the dynamic interplay between color and texture.” Yet at the same time, her paintings are deeply informed by her life experiences and travels. Her art thus fuses outer beauty with inner peace; it both reaches outward, welcoming the viewer, and recedes inward, in solitary meditation. From the Louisiana Governor's Mansion to estates in India and Japan, Guidry’s art graces homes, galleries, and public spaces both locally and internationally, demonstrating the universal impact her creations have had. In 1984, Guidry started work on a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She earned her B.F.A. with a concentration in painting in 1988. A devotee to teaching as well as to learning, Guidry taught in elementary schools from 1964 until her retirement in 1994. During the summer semesters, Guidry taught painting and drawing to children and adults at the Continuing Education Department of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and at the Senior Art Studio of the city of Lafayette. Throughout this time, she also led private lessons at her home studio in St. Martinville. Of her work, Guidry says that “a magic mixture of sun and shadow, land and water, architecture, sacred elements, and a diversity of cultures has given me a great wealth of inspiration from which I produce my art." This magic certainly shines bright.