Living on the Mississippi River, I find nature’s oddities compelling and inspiring. I see man-made structures, a fence, a barge, the cobble stones, all striving for survival with water, wind and vines. And time.
The contrast of, and interplay between, industry and nature are of great interest to me as an artist. When working, I cast about for the accidental, for surprises and often my labor is a scouring from low to high or from the bottom up, I find.
Rather than paint a realistic landscape or figure, for example, I let paint and pencil, instruments cast from natural objects by industry, paint the surface, much like wind and water toil against the works of man, i.e., by slow erosion, accretion and erasure.
I let the involuntary or free hand not be unduly controlled by my plan or scheme, allowing for the blessing of the unexpected line or stroke. In sum, what I do is like digging for clams on the seashore. When it works and I hear the rattle of the shells in my bucket, I smile.
Jeri Ledbetter is a graduate of the Memphis College of Art. She has studied with the acclaimed painter Gregory Amenoff at workshops in both Santa Fe and Provincetown Ma. Other studies include painting with Nathan Oliviera and Fred Burton. From 2000 through 2003 Ms. Ledbetter taught drawing at the Memphis College of Art. She is represented in several corporate collections including Trustcorp of America, Perkins Restauraunts, Holiday Inn, Embassy Suites and Plough Inc.
Solo Exhibit, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX, 2010
Solo Exhibiti, L Ross Gallery, Memphis 2009
Solo Exhibit, Darnell Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, 2008
Holiday Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2008
Solo Exhibit, Darnell FIne Art, Santa Fe, NM, 2007
Solo Exhibit, Darnell Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, 2006
Solo Exhibit, Darnell Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, 2005
New Work [solo], Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2004
New Work, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2003
New Work, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2001
Paintings, Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects, Memphis, TN, 2000
Art Santa Fe, Art Forms, Santa Fe, NM, 1999
Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects • Memphis
Embassy Suites • Memphis
Gardner Construction • Memphis
Holiday Inn • Corpus Christi, TX
Perkins Restaurant Corporate Offices • Memphis
Plough, Inc. • Memphis
ScheringPlough • Bernardsville, NJ
Taylor Haliburton Ledbetter & Caldwell • Memphis
Trustcorp of America • Memphis
Cochran Law Firm • Memphis
Commercial Bank & Trust • Memphis