Page 13: Master painter honored in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Emmitt Thames is considered one of the finest painters in Mississippi. Thames has produced quite a volume of work over the years.

"I've done some 3,400 pieces over the years. I've been able to sell most of them," Thames told us.

Emmitt Thames has had a remarkable career. His brilliant landscapes capture the essence of realism. This self taught painter creates classical art, reminiscent of the great masters.

Thames has a simple approach to painting.

"I'll see something that sparks my imagination. I'll take that and build a composition and go from there," said Thames.

Negrotto's Gallery in Biloxi is set to unveil an exclusive exhibition of Emmitt Thames' work. The event kicks off Thursday with a celebration of Emmitt's 80th birthday.

Thames has unofficially retired. His art is in personal collections around the country.

Bringing pleasure to people who appreciate his work is Thames' most satisfying accomplishment.

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