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Page 13: Coastal art on full display in Biloxi

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One of South Mississippi's best known artists is having his paintings featured in an exhibit at the Maritime and Seafood Museum in Biloxi.

Marty Wilson captures coastal scenes in an explosion of color.

The museum, which is located in east Biloxi, is an ideal place to showcase the work of artist Marty Wilson.

Wilson grew up at his dad's fish camp on Point Cadet.

His work reflects a passion for painting, fishing and living life to the fullest in coastal Mississippi.

"I grew up in Biloxi. I went to Biloxi High School,” said Wilson. “You could throw a rock from the museum and hit the spot where my dad had Wilson's Fish Camp under the old Biloxi Ocean Springs bridge. It means a lot to have a show here.”

Wilson specializes in a centuries old Japanese technique of painting fish.

"We take the actual fish and paint directly on it the exact colors that he is," he said.

He then presses it on paper. The result is natural beauty with an artist's touch. It's a win-win for the person who caught the fish.\

"We wash the fish off and they get to eat it,” said Wilson.

Wilson said he feels like he promotes the coast's treasures by capturing wildlife and the environment in a burst of brilliance.

"I love color. I love the way color moves people,” Wilson said. “It moves me as an artist.”

A lot of people are familiar with the huge project Wilson is currently working on. He's painting a mural on The Reef restaurant in Biloxi. He's almost done with it.

"It's been a challenge, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it," Wilson said.

Wilson expects to finish the mural by Thanksgiving and his exhibit will be on display at the Seafood Museum through Jan. 8.

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