Artist Merriann Hornsby’s paintings chronicling the life of George West, also known as the River Preacher, are on display through March at the Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales.

West, a native of Ascension Parish, began preaching up and down the Mississippi River in 1941, a news release from the library said. In his later years, he returned to the area and could be found, almost daily, at the ferry landing in Baton Rouge in his long white robe and with his tall white cross, preaching, the release said.

Inspired by the preacher’s dedication to his calling, Hornsby has put her memories of West on canvas.