Page 13 spotlights a man of many talents

By David Elliott - bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Fred Welch's Long Beach home is like a museum. Paintings and sculptures can be found on every wall and in every corner.

"At my age, I could sit in a rocking chair and rust away or create things," Welch said.

At 71, Welch stays busy painting, making pottery and now writing. His children's book, "The Adventures of Tommy Turtle" was inspired by a family of box turtles in his backyard.

"They're under the porch right now," Welch said.

Fred has just published his autobiography. "The Gingerbread Man" tells the story of a young man coming of age in South Mississippi.

Whether it's putting paint on a canvass, turning clay into pottery, or bringing words to life in books, Welch feels compelled to create.

"I think we're obligated to share the gifts we have."