Artist Merriann Hornsby is the East Feliciana Parish Clerk of Court’s artist of the month for November and December.
Known throughout East Feliciana and Zachary, Hornsby, a Louisiana native and self-taught artist, began painting more than 20 years ago.
Her work has gained statewide and national recognition, catching the attention of decorators, churches, libraries, museums and private collectors.
In March, Hornsby’s work of the Mississippi River Preacher series chronicling the life of the late George West, an African-American preacher who began preaching up and down the Mississippi River in 1941, was featured at the Ascension Parish Library.
It was West’s dedication to his calling that inspired Hornsby to put her own memories of the River Preacher on canvas.
Those memories eventually became the focus of the exhibit, depicting the River Preacher in his long, flowing white robes and tall crosses.
Hornsby is regularly featured at the Fall Art Crawl in Zachary, where in 2014 her bold, vivid colors of Zachary’s historic train depot caught the eye of Mayor David Amrhein.
Hornsby eventually presented Amrhein with a larger depiction of the train depot that currently hangs on display at City Hall.
Her paintings of the Zachary Fire Department, a muse she calls Etta Moon and of Native Americans sold successfully at the 2015 Fall Art Crawl in Zachary in October.
Hornsby has said her work, mostly in acrylics and oils, is influenced by travels to Amsterdam, Australia and Germany, as well as by the expressionism of artist Vincent Van Gogh.
Hornsby previously taught painting at Silliman Institute in Clinton and privately to students throughout East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes.
Her work has been exhibited at galleries in Baton Rouge; California; Dallas; Natchez, Mississippi; New York; and South Carolina.
She has been married to Scott Hornsby, founder of Zachary’s Fellowship Church, about 41 years. The couple has three grown children — Buck, Mary Jane and Starr — and 10 grandchildren.
She continues to paint at her home studio in Clinton and teaches private lessons.